However, this is not true for everyone. At around 6:30am one fall morning in 1989 Chris Leamon had come home from working all night in the lab. Sitting with his wife in his student apartment, he entered his morning routine. He grabbed a bowl, some milk and his trusted Frosty Flakes. At this time he was working on his PHD in Chemistry from Purdue University. His mother had died of cancer and this had led him on a career journey to find chemotherapeutic drugs with less side effects. As usual, he was scanning the box and looking at ingredients. For some reason that morning he had a “aha” moment. Folic acid. For some reason that hit him in a unique way.
Chris said “I knew it was it” this was the key to mark cancer cells in a specific way, enabling a specific type of drugs to fight tumors. It just goes to show that you never know where eureka moments will occur. I believe that Chris’s hard work in the lab enabled this possibility, however, his openness and curiosity in other areas of his life led to the answers he was searching for. Keep your eyes and ears open and as Chris said:
“I have had lots of eureka moments in the lab, but none as great. That breakfast redefined my career and my life”
Eureka is available.
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