If you weren’t/couldn’t be a scientist, what would you like to do?
If money was not an object (and neither were metrics) what would you work on?
Disrupting each and every one of the thousands of “dark matter” genes we all have in our cells, whose function we currently have no idea.
What do you think has been the most significant (or best/worst) scientific advancement in the last 10 years?
Best: The ease by which we can now experimentally tinker with the DNA of cells in a dish.
Worst: Cheap and easy sequencing of DNA, which now means that often there are insufficient hours in the day to understand what the DNA results actually mean.
What one piece of technology could you not live without?
Easy: the computer, or sequencing machines. (Although whimsically I would hope that I could live, say on a desert island, without any technology.)
Tell us about a book that you have read recently that you would recommend?
“Life and Fate” by Vasily Grossman. A wide-ranging critique of devastating compromises made by individuals in the old Soviet Union during WWII.
How do you relax?
By gently teasing my family.