Dah! This post was lost. I don’t want to retype it. So, short story.
I wonder if the control and sensor systems used in high throughput chemistry and in directed evolution could be added to the informatics data mining processes to create a new research process for biochecmical reactions that would produce novel compounds faster than the existing methods. It’s thinking of Chem research like a computer process problem, except it’s working directly on the substrates rather than modelling them to create an a priori path.
I’ll have to look deeper into this thought — I wonder if it’s possible and will work, or if it’s beyond our current technology…