Canero, Asturias, Spain
Among its highlights major scientific contributions determining the directionality of reading genetic information, during his time in the laboratory of Severo Ochoa, and the discovery and characterization of phage DNA polymerase Φ29, which has multiple biotechnological applications due to its very high DNA amplification capacity.
Currently (2012) is honorary professor at the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Center, research center of the CSIC and the Autonomous University of Madrid, where the virus continues to work with bacteriophage Φ29, useful in biotechnology research and pathogen which infects a bacterium, Bacillus subtilis. 
He 1967, Sales chose the mechanisms for replication or reproduction of the Φ29 virus as the subject of study; Virus simple enough to have only 20 nothing but, at the same time, sufficiently complex to draft conclusions.
Without waiting for any practical application, came up with this virus infecting bacteria, which led to the discovery of DNA polymerase protein, the person in charge of producing the copies of the genetic material. The chemical patent for this protein has been the most profitable in the history of our country, as it has generated more than 6 million euros.
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When I was young, women were not considered capable of research