A Cautionary Tale
While celebrating the Lunar New Year with his relatives and dodging questions from nosy aunts on when he would be finding a mate to settle down with, Eddy Sun had a sudden flash of inspiration when he saw a Chinese firecracker explode into thousands of red paper flecks.
Three caffeine-fuelled, sleep-deprived days later, he comes up with a working prototype of a disposable self-popping popcorn tin that is capable of popping corn kernels using heat generated by an exothermal core inside the tin. All the user has to do is to pull a tab at the bottom of the tin to start the chemical reaction and wait for the popcorn to pop out.
Sensing that his product would be a hit since popcorn snacks sold in stores tend to be of poor quality and would go stale easily, he immediately proceeds to have a patent application filed for his popcorn tin without first conducting a prior art search. “Prior art searches are a waste of time and money,” he thinks, “and no way does anybody have the brains to come up with such a brilliant invention!”
RNA interference (RNAi) is an evolutionally highly conserved process of post transcriptional gene silencing (PTGs) by which double stranded RNA (ds RNA) causes sequence specific degradation of mRNA sequences.
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