How do you succeed as a scientist? Do you have to be really smart? Well… I would not say it is as much about intelligence as about the ability to keep banging your head against a problem until you happen upon a solution. But it is true, this job does involve a lot of thinking (or at least trying to think), and it is not always easy to stay focused.
Hey it’s Nestor writing from Aarhus and yes, I will be talking about RNA (again) but this time, instead of a perspective about building nanorobots with it, a bit more biological, related to the current world pandemic. Why do he hear so much about RNA vaccines? We will try to go through that in this post.
To make sure it is understood and for the critic reader, a little scientific mistake has been introduced in this blog post, hopefully you will be able to find, let me know in the comments!
This blogpost will be a little bit different and probably quite introspective. I was born and raised in Venezuela, a Caribbean country, with undoubtedly perfect weather and easy going joyful people. My early life was not necessarily easy, but I had it better than most people. I had high quality education, a family that supported me and never lacked food in the fridge.
Scientific research is an exercise in failing. Imagine you have to overcome an unknown obstacle course – it is already hard when you can see what you are doing (and where you are going). Now imagine doing that in the dark! This is what most research is like. Many attempts to explore beyond the edge of human knowledge, where we are in the dark, are simply doomed to fail. There is hope though: each failure teaches us a little bit more about the obstacles we will encounter. Bit by bit, more experiments and failures light the way. Until eventually, we happen upon success. Then we write a paper about it, and hope the reviewers agree with our definition of success. A career in academia thus requires dedication, luck, and an unfailing ability to get up after falling down. Most of all, it requires time: time to learn, to struggle, and to do good science.
Hej again! Igor here, back for another talk about the exciting world of sequencing. In my science exhibition, I showed you a little around the equipment that we use for sequencing and a tiny sneak peek into how the technique works.
In this lecture we will dive a little deeper into this rich world of sequencing by giving you a general outline of how these techniques work and what you can do with them.