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How do you achieve scientific breakthroughs? You trip on acid. At least this guy did.

Drugs are bad for you. There's no doubt that messing with the body's chemistry can have some serious side effects that can permanently alter the way it functions.

However, in some cases drugs can be used to unlock the great mysteries in the brain, permanently bettering society.

Such was the case with Kary Mullis, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who was grateful for his LSD use.

Mullins goes into great detail about his trips with various psychedelic amphetamines and a less-than-stellar trip on DET in his autobiography.

He was never shy about sharing his abundant use of LSD in the 1960s and early 1970s while living in Berkeley, California, and he claims it was a mind-opening experience. He credits it with many of his discoveries over any course he took in school.

In fact, he attributes LSD with helping him develop the polymerase chain reaction that helps amplify specific DNA sequences, which is a commonly used technique in molecular biology today. He was certain he wouldn't have invented the technique if it wasn't for that trippy drug.


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