Kary Mullis Podcast

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Kary Mullis Podcast

Here is link to a Podcast with Dr. Kary Mullis conducted in Feb 2007 by Genetic Engineering News.

Below is the overview provided by GEN

When Kary Mullis, Ph.D., first conceptualized the idea of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in 1983 he immediately knew the technology would revolutionize life sciences research. The Nobel Foundation recognized the impact of the technique on biotechnology and medicine by awarding Dr. Mullis the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1993.

In this week's podcast, Dr. Mullis talks about how as a child the first inklings of scientific curiosity came to him on the back porch of his home, why he was so certain PCR would transform life science R&D even though some of his contemporaries seemed unimpressed, the limitations of today's approaches to carrying out scientific studies, and his current research project.

For a close look behind the technology of PCR and at the man who invented it, be sure to listen!

A Brief Bio of Dr. Mullis:

Dr. Kary Mullis received a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1993, for his invention of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The process, which Dr. Mullis conceptualized in 1983, is hailed as one of the monumental scientific techniques of the twentieth century. Dr. Mullis was awarded the Japan Prize in 1993-one of international science's most prestigious awards-for the PCR invention. His many other awards include the Thomas A. Edison Award (1993); California Scientist of the Year Award (1992); the National Biotechnology Award (1991); the Gairdner Award, Toronto, Canada (1991); the R&D Scientist of the Year (1991); the William Allan Memorial Award of the American Society of Human Genetics (1990); and the Preis Biochemische Analytik of the German Society of Clinical Chemistry and Boehringer Mannheim (1990). Dr. Mullis was presented the honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of South Carolina in 1994. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1998. His many publications include "The Cosmological Significance of Time Reversal" (Nature), "The Unusual Origin of the Polymerase Chain Reaction" (Scientific American), "Primer-directed Enzymatic Amplification of DNA with a Thermostable DNA Polymerase" (Science), "Specific Synthesis of DNA In Vitro via a Polymerase Catalyzed Chain Reaction" (Methods in Enzymology), and his autobiography, "Dancing Naked in the Mind Field," published by Pantheon Books in 1998. Dr. Mullis serves on the board of scientific advisors of several companies, provides expert advice in legal matters involving DNA, and is a frequent lecturer at college campuses, corporations and academic meetings around the world. Learn more about Kary Mullis by visiting his website Kary Mullis.

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i have always heard he was a

i have always heard he was a bit of a nut-job (amongst other less-flattering descriptions)...assuming everything written in this article is in fact true, seems that is the case: