“Scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become a benefit” – Marie Curie
A developmental biologist by training, I did a PhD and spent three years working as a postdoc before I realised that I enjoyed talking about the excellent science done by other people more than getting into the lab and actually doing it myself. Now I work at the science journal Nature as an editor on the News and Views section, where the best science going is dissected by specialists for the benefit of interested non-specialists.
This blog is my chance to do the writing, as well as the editing, in an open-access way. I aim to cover scientific breakthroughs, controversy and relationships with the media, but also delve into anything else that happens to take my fancy.
A slightly modified version of this blog can also be found on the E-edition of Essex daily newspaper the Harlow Star http://www.harlowstar.co.uk/Blogs/All-In-the-Genes/