Sir John Vane: Improbable beginnings  pg. 7

Vane in his lab at the Royal College of Surgeons in the 1960s.
Vane echoed this point of view in his speech at the 1982 Nobel banquet—expressing ideas that still resonate 22 years later: “The medicines of today,” he said, “are based upon thousands of years of knowledge accumulated from folklore, serendipity and scientific discovery. The new medicines of tomorrow will be based on the discoveries that are being made now, arising from basic research in laboratories around the world ...

“In many countries now, research in universities is under severe financial restraint. This is a shortsighted policy. Ways have to be found to maintain university research untrammeled by requirements of forecasting application or usefulness. Those who wish to study the sex-life of butterflies, or the activities associated with snake venom or seminal fluid should be encouraged to do so. It is such improbable beginnings that lead by convoluted pathways to new concepts and then, perhaps some 20 years later, to new types of drugs.”

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