Curiosity is the Mother of Inventions Essay (496 words): ..
Curiosity is the Real Mother of Invention
Human brain by virtue of its natural inclination is always curious to discover the answers to curiosities to mitigate its craze and internal struggle. Human mind is a multi-faceted gadget very hard to master and decipher. It is the most complex and struggling appendage of the human body. It constantly strives to outscore its curiosities and hunger, which can be curbed (satiated) only when it itself vanquishes its queries and imaginations. Human creative and innovative nature has created miracles in its hunt and thirst to discover new and amazing things, which proved very useful and precious for the welfare of mankind. It is a general saying that “necessity is the mother of invention.” In other sense, we can call it “curiosity is the mother of invention.”
Not Necessity, but Curiosity is the Mother of Invention.
The story behind the work by Li exemplifies the old saying “Curiosity is the mother of invention” (and indeed a mother was involved!). In 2005 while the fear of a bird flu pandemic was looming, especially in Eastern Asia, computational biologist Liping Wei at Peking University, the senior author of this paper, was concerned for her one-year old baby son after reading the tragic news of the Japanese children who died after taking Tamiflu. Out of concern and curiosity, she decided to investigate whether and why Tamiflu might have caused the side effects and why Japan was hit the hardest. Her group focused on human sialidases which were homologues of the virus neuraminidase (NA), the intended target of the drug. Interestingly, they found that the minor allele of a nonsynonymous single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in human cytosolic sialidase (HsNEU2) occurs in 9.2% of Asian and, in striking contrast, none in European and African American, according to the NCBI dbSNP database.