Addicted to “Eureka!”
Dr. Gregory Hannon is a molecular biologist and a Professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, as well as an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His research focuses on growth control in mammalian cells and post-transcriptional gene silencing. Dr. Hannon received his PhD from Case Western Reserve University in 1992.
Question: What research being conducted at Cold Spring Harbor Lab excites you the most?\r\n
Gregory Hannon: Well, personally to me, what’s exciting about research is the moment of discovery. I think for most scientists it’s what addicts you to this; the idea that for just a few minutes you know something that nobody else in the world knows. And it doesn’t happen often because science is really a sort of an exercise in banging your head against the wall over and over again. Scientists need a very high tolerance for failure and frustration because most experiments do fail. But when something really works, and you really learn something fundamentally new, it’s something that I think I’ve never experienced in any other way.
Recorded on February 9, 2010
The promise and thrill of discovery are what keep scientists going in spite of endless frustration.
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