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Today In Medical History – December 28

December 28:

(1) (1895) Wilhelm Röntgen publishes a paper that detailed his discovery of a new type of radiation, which was later known as x-rays.

(2) (1944) American biochemist Kary Mullis is born. He shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for improving the polymerase chain reaction, a technique used to amplify a copy of a DNA segment.

(3) (1967) American biologist, suffragist and philanthropist Katharine McCormick passes away. She is known for funding most of the research required for the development of the first birth control pill.

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