Christian Long

Kary Mullis: Next-Gen Cure for Killer Infections

In TED Talks on May 3, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Reflection by RACHEL L.

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Kary Mullis:  Next-Gen Cure for Killer Infections

Kary Mullis is the man who developed the polymerase chain reaction, which is a way of copying DNA using the enzyme polymerase. Mullis recieved the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery. Now Mullis dedicated his time to his company, Altermune. He concentrates on redirecting the focus of treatment for infectious diseases.

Infections evolve and our anti-biotics cannot always keep up with them. This problem plagues doctors and scientists all over the world.

Kary Mullis offers a new way to get rid of infections such as Streptococcus. He introduces a way to purge the body of viruses using it’s own immunities. This process involves linking the alpha-gal epitope to the antibody, which causes the body’s immune system to eat the unwelcome intruder. He says it is like a cop pulling you over, putting marijuana in your back seat and charging you for possesion of marijuana. If we can a pathogenic bacteria on the alpha-gal epitope we can get our body to attack it and eliminate it.

Mullis’ studies are impressive, showing a 100% survival rate in mice when using this cure. The mice were poisoned with anthrax and all lived because they no longer had the disease once treated.

“Mission acccomplished!”


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