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The humble Knoxville scientist who became a worldwide hero


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — I started getting calls for help late in March. Messages came in through email and Twitter from health care workers who were feeling desperate because their supply of personal protective equipment was dwindling.

"I'll keep this short and sweet. I'm a nurse and we are scrambling for PPE," wrote one nurse.

But they weren't really asking for me. They were asking to be put in touch with one of my sources, Dr. Peter Tsai of Knoxville. He responded quickly to these calls for help, even late at night.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Tsai was far from a household name. Ev...

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