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botox cocktail anyone?

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Here's a great mini-history of the discovery of artificial sweeteners.

It suggests that these kinds of discoveries actually usually DON'T come from rational scientists saying "well if we mix a substance with property 2 with one of property 3 we'll get a substance with property 23"

Instead they come from some guy spilling some unknown chemicals on his hand then tasting them in his hamburger. Or just: "Test? I
thought you said taste!"

So I'm trying to picture the kind of error that would produce this botox discovery

Dated: 03/03/2005