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Gary Jones planned to go back to graduate school and get into research, but something in his veterinary practice or family always intervened. His procrastination continued until he went camping with his family and poured alcohol into an alcohol stove to refuel it.
The stove wasn’t as empty as Gary thought. It was also lit. A flame raced up the stream of alcohol and into the gallon tin Gary was holding. The gallon exploded. Gary was shipped back to his local hospital with first, second and third degree burns over 17% of his body. He decided that when he recovered, he’d better go back to grad school soon, because if he pulled another stupid stunt like that, he might not live very long.
As a graduate student at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, he developed a way to extract microbial DNA from swine feces and a molecular test for Lawsonia intracellularis, the cause of a disease in swine and horses. He earned a Ph.D. in microbiology and spent the following 19 years working on the research and development on vaccines for cattle and swine. During that time, he supervised clinical research on bovine coronavirus for a major international pharmaceutical company.
Gary also has an interest in history. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.
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