Who was Kary Mullis? PCR test inventor said Anthony Fauci knows 'nothing' about medicine

'You know, he doesn’t know anything really about anything and I’d say that to his face,' Kary Mullis said about Anthony Fauci


                            Who was Kary Mullis? PCR test inventor said Anthony Fauci knows 'nothing' about medicine
Nobel laureate Kary Mullis (R) once said Anthony Fauci (L) lacked knowledge of medicine (Photo by Jerrod Holmes/Getty Images, Wikimedia Commons)

Dr Anthony Fauci has found himself in yet another storm after a trove of emails from his professional inbox were released to the public. The documents, obtained by the Washington Post and Buzzfeed News via the Freedom of Information Act, raise several questions about what top health officials in the United States knew and didn't know about the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now, a resurfaced interview of a Nobel prize-winning immunologist slamming the NIH head is making waves across the Internet. Kary Mullis, who won the Nobel Prize in 1993 for inventing the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing process used to diagnose coronavirus cases, reportedly said that Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, lacked knowledge of medicine and was willing to lie on national television. Mullis reportedly also admitted in another resurfaced video that a PCR test "doesn't tell you you're sick."

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“Guys like Fauci get up there and start talking, you know, he doesn’t know anything really about anything and I’d say that to his face. Nothing," Mullis said of the highest-paid United States federal government employee in a resurfaced video interview. "The man thinks you can take a blood sample and stick it in an electron microscope and if it’s got a virus in there you’ll know it. He doesn’t understand electron microscopy and he doesn’t understand medicine and he should not be in a position like he’s in."

"Most of those guys up there on the top are just total administrative people and they don’t know anything about what’s going on in the body," Mullis continued. "You know, those guys have got an agenda, which is not what we would like them to have being that we pay for them to take care of our health in some way. They’ve got a personal kind of agenda. They make up their own rules as they go. They change them when they want to. And they smugly, like Tony Fauci does not mind going on television in front of the people who pay his salary and lie directly into the camera,” he added.



 

Who was Kary Mullis?

Mullis, who lived from 1944 to 2019, was an American biochemist who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his invention (alongside Michael Smith) of the polymerase chain reaction method or PCR. The three letters recently became a part of the public consciousness as it is the basis of the most common, gold-standard tests for the coronavirus.

The method invented by Mullis has several uses aside from testing for coronavirus. It has been applied to tasks ranging from decoding the human genome to saving coral reefs. It is safe to say that the polymerase chain reaction method has been of extreme importance in both medical research and forensic science.

Aside from his reputation as a science genius, Mullis was also known to be an eccentric and flamboyant figure.

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