Kary Mullis details his experiences synthesizing and testing various psychedelic amphetamines and a difficult trip on DET in his autobiography. In a Q&A interview published in the September, 1994, issue of California Monthly, Mullis said, “Back in the 1960s and early ’70s I took plenty of LSD. A lot of people were doing that in Berkeley back then. And I found it to be a mind-opening experience. It was certainly much more important than any courses I ever took.” During a symposium held for centenarian Albert Hofmann, “Hofmann revealed that he was told by Nobel-prize-winning chemist Kary Mullis that LSD had helped him develop the polymerase chain reaction that helps amplify specific DNA sequences.” Replying to his own postulate during an interview for BBC’s Psychedelic Science documentary, “What if I had not taken LSD ever; would I have still invented PCR?” He replied, “I don’t know. I doubt it. I seriously doubt it.”
(I am not being sarcastic) It gets better:
"Mullis reported an encounter with a glowing green raccoon at his cabin in the woods of northern California around midnight one night in 1985."
"Students from the University of Surrey imprinted their phones on Petri dishes to culture any bacteria on them. Here the whole plate is covered by the spreading growth of a bacterium called Bacillus mycoides"
Plasmodium falciparum. A cross section through a human red blood cell, showing single-celled malaria parasites (in blue).