Scientists develop allergies to their research subjects




I remember sharing a bus ride on the Olympic Peninsula once many years ago with a Washington state mycology expert who had developed a grave allergy to fungi. He sounded wistful and a little bitter. It was sad and I felt genuinely sorry for him, because the subject obviously still fascinated him as much as ever,


That sounds like a workers comp claim if I ever heard one.


Happened to me. I developed a rodent allergy. I knew right away when we had a new unwelcome vistor in our copy room. Most people just deal, if it’s low level.: meds, etc. Then you limit exposure, only doing the things you are necessary for, and leave the routine handling to others. Same thing happens with chemical exposure, too.

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