Since I first learned about them as a college sophomore, protein molecules have been my scientific passion. I love them for the beauty of their shapes and functions. Protein molecules are central to the workings of life, but in popular culture they are the unsung hero next to their high profile cousin, DNA.
Nature.com recently published an article about research misconduct at a Chinese research institution. Dr. Mu-ming Poo, Director of the Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai, is quoted saying, “Very few people in the funding agency or in the scientific community are willing to be the 'bad guy' and enforce the regulations.”
Wait! Bad guy? That’s what I do for a living – enforce the regulations! Am I a bad guy?
In February of 2001 I headed off to Washington DC to participate in an extravagant celebration of scientific achievement. Preliminary drafts of the human genome’s DNA sequence were being published in Nature and Science magazines, and those of us who’d spent years immersed in the Human Genome Project were ready to exult, for one precious weekend, before spending yet more years finishing the sequence to high quality. I recall fondly the event’s enticing mixture of intelligensia and hoopla.
Gordon Sun is an intern in Rob Moritz's lab. His mother, Sarah Li, is a research associate in the Moritz group. Gordon is a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search and Natasha Ryan from KING-TV is interviewed him. Congratulations to all!