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<i>Blog: </i>Serendipity of HIV cure awaits followup

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 10:32am
Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology

Serendipity gets the credit for a number of discoveries that the world would be fine, if a little less amused, without – Silly Putty and the Slinky, for example. In science, however, the lucky occurrence of events by chance is a must for some of the more notable discoveries.

Penicilin, of course, got its lucky break when Sir Alexander Fleming stumbled upon a bacteria strain he threw out that failed to grow in the area of fungal mold.  Likewise, minoxidil (known as Rogaine and other product names) was originally designed as an oral medication for hypertension, until it was found to have helped bald patients grow hair as well.

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