“Friends began arriving with champagne, and the party began. That afternoon I finally reached my mother.
I wanted to tell her to stop sending me articles about DNA since I had now won the Nobel Prize for my expertise on that subject. My mother often mailed me articles from Reader’s Digest about advances in DNA chemistry.
No matter how I tried to explain it to her, she never grasped the concept that I could have been writing those articles, that something I had invented made most of those DNA discoveries possible. She probably hoped that winning the Nobel Prize might enable me to be published some day in Reader’s Digest. “
– Kary Mullis, Dancing in the Mind Field (Pantheon Books, 1998)