Merck Is Showing Its Age

To give visitors an idea of how easy it is to slip up in drug development, finan`cial wizards at Merck & Co. in 1987 developed a novel computer simulation called DRUG--the Drug Research Uncertainty Game. Spend enough money and hit a few breakthroughs? Balloons and confetti color the screen. But run into a dry stretch? A little Pac-Man creature, labeled Devour Inc., snaps up the player, Drugs-R-Us.

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