Kary Mullis, fully Kary Banks Mullis

Mullis, fully Kary Banks Mullis

American Biochemist, AUthor and Lecturer, Awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Japan Prize, John Scott Legacy Medal and Premium

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If reincarnation is a useful biological idea it is certain that somewhere in the universe it will happen.

Science has not been successful by making up explanations of things that fit with the current social fabric.

I'm not driven by being understood.

Scientists are doing an awful lot of damage to the world in the name of helping it. I don't mind attacking my own fraternity because I am ashamed of it.

I'm not politically correct.

Sometimes in the morning, when it's a good surf, I go out there, and I don't feel like it's a bad world.

I'm really optimistic in the mornings.

The horror of it is, every goddamn thing you look at seems pretty scary to me.

In 1944 Erwin Schroedinger, stimulated intellectually by Max Delbruck, published a little book called What is life? It was an inspiration to the first of the molecular biologists, and has been, along with Delbruck himself, credited for directing the research during the next decade that solved the mystery of how 'like begat like.' Max was awarded this Prize in 1969, and rejoicing in it, he also lamented that the work for which he was honored before all the peoples of the world was not something which he felt he could share with more than a handful. Samuel Beckett's contributions to literature, being honored at the same time, seemed to Max somehow universally accessible to anyone. But not his. In his lecture here Max imagined his imprisonment in an ivory tower of science.

The mystery of that damn virus has been generated by the $2 billion a year they spend on it.

In the 1950s in Columbia, South Carolina, it was considered OK for kids to play with weird things. We could go to the hardware store and buy 100 feet of dynamite fuse.

The planet is a pretty amazing thing, it?s big and horrible, and big and wonderful, and it does all kinds of things we don?t know anything about.

It's not blaming the victim. It's not anybody's fault. They just did something that didn't work, that's all.

They can't pooh-pooh me now, because of who I am.

I've been writing about my boyhood, when I was a little kid back on my grandfather's farm where we didn't know about black widow spiders or all that stuff. But writing about that is so easy.

We are the recipients of scientific method. We can each be a creative and active part of it if we so desire.

Art is subject to arbitrary fashion.

Law shuttles between freeing us and enslaving us.

We were fortunate to have the Russians as our childhood enemies. We practiced hiding under our desks in case they had the temerity to drop a nuclear weapon.

Do we care about these people that are HIV-positive whose lives have been ruined? Those are the people I'm the most concerned about. Every night I think about this.

My mother would give my brothers and me a pile of catalogues and let us pick what we wanted for Christmas.

You can't ask your pharmacist to stock larger quantities of potassium nitrate because you want to make a bigger rocket.

Each of us have things and thoughts and descriptions of an amazing universe in our possession that kings in the 17th Century would have gone to war to possess.

PCR made it easier to see that certain people are infected with HIV.

You make observations, write theories to fit them, try experiments to disprove the theories and, if you can't, you've got something.

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American Biochemist, AUthor and Lecturer, Awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Japan Prize, John Scott Legacy Medal and Premium