Nature

Mammoth Hot Springs – № 2

“You can always back up
and pick a new fork.”

Kary Mullis


What’s the connection between Kary Mullis and Yellowstone National Park, you ask?

Well, Thermus aquaticus, a thermophilic, chemotroph bacterium was discovered in Yellowstone National Park. A number of enzymes were identified in this organism that likes to grow in 70 °C warm water. Make that 70 °C hot water. One of the enzymes, Taq polymerase, was later used in a technique called PCR, which revolutionized molecular biology. PCR is the brainchild of Kary Mullis.

If you want to read more about Kary Mullis, beware! You might find some strange believes and come across extraterrestrials in the form of a green fluorescent raccoon.

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5 thoughts on “Mammoth Hot Springs – № 2

  1. berty says:

    The beautiful photo me invites to dream, it seems so gentle 🙂

    And the quote motivates to act.
    It is always exciting to learn something about the basic connections of nature.
    And I can imagine that someone who is so immersed in themes will meet green fluorescent raccoons and think that they are extraterrestrials:)

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