Mullis, Kary B


1944– American scientist who invented the polymerase chain reaction, an essential tool in molecular genetics.

Keywords: polymerase chain reaction; PCR; Cetus; Nobel Prize

Further Reading

Mullis K (1990) The unusual origin of the polymerase chain reaction. Scientific American April, 56–65.

Mullis K (1994) PCR and scientific invention. In: Mullis K, Ferre F and Gibbs R (eds) The Polymerase Chain Reaction. Basel: Birkhauser.

Mullis K (1998) Dancing Naked in the Mind Field. New York: Pantheon Books.

Mullis K, Faloona F, Scharf S et al. (1986) Amplification of DNA in vitro: the polymerase chain reaction. Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Quantitative Biology 51: 263–273.

Rabinow P (1996) Making PCR: A Story of Biotechnology. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Watson JD, Gilman M, Witkowski JA and Zoller M (1992) The polymerase chain reaction. In: Recombinant DNA, 2nd edn, chap. 6. New York: WH Freeman.

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Witkowski, JA(Jul 2003) Mullis, Kary B. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003651]