Invention of DNA Chain Polymerization

American researcher Kary B. Mullis, a staff chemist for the Cetus Corporation in Emeryville, CA, USA invented DNA chain polymerization in 1983. The DNA polymerase chain reaction allowed Mullis to replicate an entire chain of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) required from a single DNA strand. The technique allowed for genetic engineering, human genome mapping, DNA fingerprinting, evolutionary science, and genetic diagnosis. Mullis won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work.

      1983, 1993
      Kary B. Mullis
      Emeryville, CA, USA

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