What were those principles for drug treatment? Gertrude and George Hitchens demonstrated differences in nucleic acid metabolism between normal human cells, cancer cells, protozoa, bacteria and virus. On the basis of these differences they developed drugs that blocked nucleic acid synthesis in cancer cells and noxious organisms without damaging the normal human cells.
How does the biotech/pharma industry hire people? How do they use the new buzz word search technology to sort through resumes and end up with someone like Gertrude? Someone who can use the literature to make the molecules AND "find out if they really do anything?"
The executives may be concerned about whether or not they can find these people in the future. Gertrude came from the secretarial pool. She was a substitute high school teacher. Would Gertrude Elion have succeeded, sans PhD as she was, at Pfizer or Merck? What did she have that so many are missing today? What did she and George Hitchens do that the drug developers are not doing today? With all of our modern technology we are missing something.