I think Jerry Berson talked w/me re funding influencing field flux. So what's gonna happen to totsyn?
— Carmen Drahl (@carmendrahl) June 27, 2013
Let's reword that: How will changes in funding affect total synthesis, the study of assembling complex natural products from simple commercial chemicals?
Now, this isn't the first time folks have declared the synthetic field to be on death's door. Hardly. So, I answered the way I always do, which has kept the field alive and kicking long past Woodward:
@carmendrahl @2014RMC @ChemProfCramer TotSyn will survive - it'll just dress itself in new clothes for new funding opps #SameOldStory
— See Arr Oh (@SeeArrOh) June 27, 2013
Chemjobber, always one for a savvy one-liner, immediately jumped on board:
.@SeeArrOh "Towards the enantioselective nanodelivery of 56-desoxymaitotoxin" @carmendrahl @2014RMC @ChemProfCramer
— Chemjobber (@Chemjobber) June 27, 2013
Nyuk nyuk nyuk. OK, wise guy, I've got a few more, then . . .
"Reversible carbon dioxide capture using lycopodium alkaloid analogs"
"Pentacene-functionalized steroids for solar panels"
"Origin of Life: The Gliotoxin Hypothesis"
"Analysis of 10^5 novel secondary metabolites in the human gut microbiome"
OK, Readers, I'm sure you can do better. Leave me some gut-shakers and knee-slappers in the comments section!