Connecting the seemingly unconnected to benefit others
I just watched a very interesting segment on MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM.
The gist of the story From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia is as follows:
“Dicoumarol was isolated by Karl Link’s laboratory at University of Wisconsin, six years after a farmer had brought a dead cow and a milk can full of un-coagulated blood to an agricultural extension station of the university. The cow had died of internal bleeding after eating moldy sweet clover; an outbreak of such deaths had begun in the 1920s during The Great Depression as farmers could not afford to waste hay that had gone bad. Link’s work led to the development of the rat poison warfarin and then to the anticoagulants still in clinical use today.
What I found interesting about this was how Karl was able to link situations that seem to have nothing in common with the initial problem and come up with a several solutions that benefited mankind as a whole.
· 1st He was able to discern the cause of the bleeding in the cows and solve it
· Then he was able to find a beneficial use for the ‘Dicoumarol’ from the mold on the animal’s feed. He used it to make Rat poison called ‘Warfarin’
· Next when it was reported that a soldier had tried to commit suicide, by drinking Warfarin, but was unaffected. He discerned that the product could be used to treat blood clots in humans and prevent strokes and heart attacks that killed many. He was then successful in developing anticoagulants that are widely used to this date. AMAZING
THIS IS AN AMAZING EXAMPLE OF HOW THOSE WHO ARE LOOKING TO DO SOMETHING GREAT CAN CONNECT APPARENTLY UNCONNECTED THINGS!!!