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Cell Mol Biol (Noisy-le-grand). 2005 Dec 14;51(7):635-41.

Serendipity strikes twice: the discovery and rediscovery of defective ribosomal products (DRiPS).

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  • 1Laboratory of Viral Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, MD 20892-0440, USA. jyewdell@nih.gov

Abstract

Here I recount how the remarkably large fraction of rapidly degraded nascent proteins was discovered through serendipity not once, but twice. This story is used as a canvas for discussing how the imperfections in human nature retard scientific progress.

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