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The Sciences

Marvellous Nobel Antics

Cosmic VarianceBy cjohnsonOctober 4, 2005 8:25 PM


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So I read that Barry Marshall, one of the Nobel Prize winners for medicine this year, tried to convince the community of the "bloody obvious" (his colleauge's words ...gotta love those Aussies) discovery that the bacterium Heliobacter pylori caused stomach ulcers by swallowing a vial of the bacterium. From a BBC article:

Mr Marshall, whom his wife describes as having a "dreadful sense of humour", eventually swallowed Heliobacter pylori, the bacterium they believed responsible for stomach ulcers, and became very ill.

Now, that's all well and good. But I can't help but think that in the Marvel universe, instead of getting the Nobel prize, he would have had to become a superhero or supervillain: Either Heliobacter Man, or Pylori (quite a bit more hip; probably drawn in Seinen manga style), or if he were younger, he'd be maybe Ulcer Boy.... -cvj

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