Kary Mullis

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Dr. Kary Banks Mullis, PhD Nobel Laureate was born December 28, 1944. Dr. Mullis is a biochemist. In the 1980s, he invented the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a central technique in molecular biology which allows the amplification of specified DNA sequences. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and the Japan Prize for this work in 1993.

Mullis has also been issued patents for a UV-sensitive plastic that changes color in response to light, and most recently an approach for mobilizing the immune system to neutralize invading pathogens and toxins, leading to the formation of his current venture, Altermune LLC.

Mullis has drawn controversy for his opposition to the HIV causal hypothesis of AIDS. See also AIDS reappraisal and the interviews listed below.

He also denigrates the hysteria about global warming, denying that it is human caused, and disagrees with the idea that CFC's cause ozone depletion. [1] (http://www.globalwebpost.com/farooqm/study_res/mullis/method.html)

Mullis was born in Lenoir, North Carolina, and grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, and received a PhD in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973. He has been married four times (including his current marriage), and has two sons and one daughter. He currently resides in Newport Beach, California and in Anderson Valley, California.

In Mullis' 1998 essay, Dancing Naked in the Mind Field, he relates a number of experiences that some consider strange, and which critics point out to question his scientific judgment.

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