Will Chemical Printers make Drug Control Obsolete?

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    Aug 30, 2013 7:04 PM GMT
    http://reason.com/archives/2013/08/29/turn-your-office-into-a-pharmaceuticals

    If we can embed biological and chemical networks like a search engine, so if you have a cell that's ill that you need to cure or bacteria that you want to kill, if you have this embedded in your device at the same time, and you do the chemistry, you may be able to make drugs in a new way.

    So how are we doing this in the lab? Well it requires software, it requires hardware and it requires chemical inks. And so the really cool bit is, the idea is that we want to have a universal set of inks that we put out with the printer, and you download the blueprint, the organic chemistry for that molecule and you make it in the device. And so you can make your molecule in the printer using this software.

    So what could this mean? Well, ultimately, it could mean that you could print your own medicine. And this is what we're doing in the lab at the moment.


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    Aug 30, 2013 7:29 PM GMT
    Wow.... never knew Printers would be the Wave of the Future.. They are doing So Much.. From 3D Printing to This....... WOW icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 31, 2013 3:58 AM GMT
    TheRece25 saidWow.... never knew Printers would be the Wave of the Future.. They are doing So Much.. From 3D Printing to This....... WOW icon_biggrin.gif



    Someone should tell HP about this. They are ashamed of being in the inkjet business.
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    Aug 31, 2013 8:01 AM GMT
    May be possible...if synthesis of a drug molecule could be done from scratch...would it matter if it needed 1000 different reaction steps ?
    Maybe not if it could be done in this manner....

    However, many reactions involve some nasty chemicals... which wouldn't be too bad in something like a pharmacy where it may be practical to make drugs to order....
    Next question... how can you be sure all the steps happened properly....