The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2017)]
David Epstein’s article “The DIY Scientist, the Olympian, and the Mutated Gene” follows the story of a woman working to diagnose and very rare disease. Epstein works with a housewife named Jill Viles, the famous Olympian Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, and his knowledge the uncover the truth about a mutant gene shared between families.
Epstein writes that Viles extended her Dad’s life by researching several medical books and demanding that doctors re-examine him, proving that they did have a rare disease (210). This point demonstrates that with enough courage, knowledge, and determination Viles uncovered more on the disease than any other person in the world.
After reading this article, what’s a new or reinforced idea you have about either persistence or DIY science?