Nobel prize for PCR inventor

Marci Swede ms5h+ at andrew.cmu.edu
Fri Oct 22 18:10:42 EST 1993


Excerpts from netnews.bionet.molbio.methds-reagnts: 22-Oct-93 Re: Nobel
prize for PCR inv.. by Mr. M.J. Smith at crc.ac.uk 
>  In PCR you mix a bunch of
> >chemicals, a reaction occurs, and another bunch of chemicals
> >come out. No life involved. Sounds like chemistry to me.
> >

Actually, that's exactly what life is.
The chemistry of life is called biochemistry.
The chemicals involved were 'bio'chemicals.

My problem with medicine as a catagory for the Nobel is that medicine is
an applied science.  Chemistry and physics are pure sciences. 

My $.02

marci



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