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Posted by METALLlC BLUE (Member # 6628) on :
 
Why you should listen to him:

In the early 1980s, Kary Mullis developed the polymerase chain reaction, an elegant way to make copies of a DNA strand using the enzyme polymerase and some basic DNA "building blocks." The process opened the door to more in-depth study of DNA -- like the Human Genome Project. Mullis shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing this technique.

As he tells it, after winning the Nobel Prize, his next career move was to learn how to surf. It's typical of Mullis, whose scientific method is to get deeply curious about a topic, work it out from first principles, and then imagine the next giant leap forward. As he puts it in his Nobel autobiography, revised several times since 1993, "I read a lot, and think a lot, and I can talk about almost anything. Being a Nobel laureate is a license to be an expert in lots of things as long as you do your homework."

Most recently, he's been taking a hard look at immunity; a recent patent from his company Altermune describes the redirection of an existing immune response to a new pathogen.

http://www.ted.com/talks/kary_mullis_next_gen_cure_for_killer_infections.html

[ 10-18-2009, 06:24 AM: Message edited by: METALLlC BLUE ]
 
Posted by massman (Member # 18116) on :
 
Thanks.

Very interesting, as are some of the comments !
 
Posted by sammy (Member # 13952) on :
 
Wow, very interesting! Thank you for sharing the link with us [Smile]
 
Posted by Myco (Member # 9536) on :
 
This man is brilliant. I wish we could get him working on a cure for Lyme and Co.
 
Posted by abigail (Member # 14936) on :
 
Wow. That was very cool. Go Kary Mullis!
 
Posted by treepatrol (Member # 4117) on :
 
I wrote him a short letter.
 
Posted by METALLlC BLUE (Member # 6628) on :
 
Let us know what he says.
 
Posted by Skyler (Member # 11549) on :
 
interesting!
 
Posted by Pinelady (Member # 18524) on :
 
Scares me.
 
Posted by coltman (Member # 21272) on :
 
Great idea. 2 problems : you need to make a proper key with that molecule ,make you sure it doesnt react with anything good and at same time has to bind well to targets
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2nd ( and much bigger issue ) - wont work vs intracell stuff (which is what causes chronic viral and bacterial infections) .
 


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