As we all now know, Viagra was discovered by chance occurrences… or was it? Pasteur observed: “Chance favors the prepared mind.” What are the characteristics of a prepared mind in science? How do chance and serendipity work in scientific research in general and drug discovery in particular?

This is a great article that begs the question whether there is something more to chance and serendipity than meets the eye. Of course, I would have to take this a step further and beg the question whether man’s desire to discover sometimes needs a little divine intervention? The author of this article, Sunny Auyang, never goes in that direction, of course, she’s a scientist and he has to be as factual as possible in her critical thinking. Still, it’s good to see a scientific observation being reported as objectively as possible.

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