The Prediction of Drug Activity

  • R. B. Barlow


If the biological effects of a drug depend on some physical action on cells it would seem obvious that it should be possible to predict its biological activity from its physical properties. A biological effect is only known to be nonspecific, however, when it has been shown to be independent of chemical structure, so the prediction of activity is rather an extrapolation from what is already known than a prediction of something completely new. It may, nevertheless, be useful to know how to make drugs which are more active.


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  • R. B. Barlow
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  1. 1.University of BristolUK

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