Good Question From Derek Lowe

He writes:


And it's just what many of us have wondered over the years, what the various companies that Pfizer has acquired might have done if they'd just been left alone. Could they possibly have been less productive than they were after they were absorbed?

Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it. They are repulsed by it."

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