The best project is one that asks a novel question.
Why do we do basic research? To learn about ourselves.
Today we try to identify a gene and then study its properties.
Everyone wants a hand in the outcome, a piece of the knowledge.
The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought.
We are embedded in a biological world and related to the organisms around us.
We know specific genes are turned on in specific cells, but we don't know to what extent this happens.
The interaction of the variation in our genes is what's responsible for lots of our attributes and vigor.
I have the same sense of the power and virtue of knowledge that some people get from a religious background.
It's easier to change what you do than people think it is. If you don't change, your field changes around you.