The apparatus quickly proved itself inadequate for use in the field. It was bulky, making it unsuitable for use in confined
spaces like tank cabins or cockpits. Worse, it was too fragile to survive transport to the Pacific or European theaters,
much less the strain of battlefield conditions. Finally, the device was hopelessly inaccurate unless used under specific,
controlled conditions. All of these factors rendered it useless for its intended purpose, stopping the project dead in its
Disappointed, Pauling released his final report and quickly retired the project. In an attempt to find some justification
for the hundreds of hours of labor that went into the device, Pauling noted that the apparatus was well suited to use in the
laboratory. Indeed, when used in a stable environment, the device was highly accurate and very useful for rapid measurements.
The few meters that were produced before the closure of the project were distributed among researchers at Caltech for later
Interestingly, this project may have had some effect on Pauling's later career. In 1951 Pauling and three co-authors published
an important article in Science titled "Sickle Cell Anemia, a Molecular Disease." In this article, it is suggested that the warping of cells in individuals
with sickle cell anemia is a result of the attraction between abnormally charged hemoglobin and oxygen molecules. Pauling
discovered this, in part, by bonding carbon monoxide to sickle cell hemoglobin and creating carboxyhemoglobin. It is plausible
that Pauling's World War II work at least partially informed this discovery which, in turn, led to major growth in the fields
of biological chemistry and medicine.