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Kary Mullis
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Scientist
    (December 28, 1944-August 7, 2019)
    Born in Lenoir, North Carolina
    Developed polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a technique that makes billions of copies of a gene, allowing scientists to study that gene in depth
    Awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1993)
    Wrote the autobiography 'Dancing Naked in the Minefield' (1998)
    In his biography, he expresses bitterness towards other scientists who contributed to the development of PCR.
    He said LSD was 'much more important' than any classes he took.
    He disagrees with the scientific consensus on a wide range of issues.
    He claimes that HIV does not cause AIDS, that CFCs are not repsonsible for ozone depletion, that astrology is legit, and that O.J. Simpson is innocent.
    While the Dream Team was considering calling him as an expert witness, he asked for the phone number of one of O.J.'s ex-girlfriends.
    The patent for PCR was in his name but owned by his employer, Cetus Corporation. When they sold it for $300 million, they gave Mullis a $10,000 bonus.
    PCR made gene therapy practical.
    Commenting on the use of DNA to exonerate the wrongfully convicted (a technique made possible by PCR), he said, 'It always gives me a boost when some poor bastard that's been in there for 10 years is set free.'
    Without PCR, 'Jurassic Park' would have needed an even more implausible premise.
    He said, 'I don't care about making an ass of myself because most people know I am one.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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