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Kary Mullis: A next-gen cure for killer infections


FILMED FEB 2009 • POSTED JUL 2009 • TED2009

Drug-resistant bacteria kills, even in top hospitals. But now tough infections like staph and anthrax may be in for a surprise.

Nobel-winning chemist Kary Mullis, who watched a friend die when powerful antibiotics failed, unveils a radical new cure that shows extraordinary promise.

Kary Mullis won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing a way to copy a strand of DNA.

His technique, called PCR, jump-started the 1990s’ biorevolution.