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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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.

Fish don?t know much about water, and people didn?t know much about air.

People don't realize that molecules themselves are somewhat hypothetical, and that their interactions are more so, and that the biological reactions are even more so.

Here's a bunch of people practising a new set of behavioural norms. Apparently it didn't work because a lot of them got sick. That's the conclusion. You don't necessarily know why it happened. But you start there.

People realize this man knows what the hell's going on and nobody else does.

I can say exactly what I feel about any issue, and I'm going to do that.

Religion is inwardly focused and driven only to sustain itself.

I like writing about biology, not doing it.

Science consistently produces a new crop of miraculous truths and dazzling devices every year.

I love a microphone and a big crowd; I'm an entertainer, I guess.

Science grows like a weed every year.

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.

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