Interview with the 1995 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Eric F. Wieschaus, 17 March 2009. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org.
Eric Wieschaus discusses the appeal of doing research in the lab, the value of giving youth opportunities outside their normal experience (11:57), the importance of selecting a research question that is both fascinating and difficult to answer (21:10), the reasons why his collaboration with Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard was successful (30:38), the heterogeneity of scientists (51:40), and the risks of calculating career choices based on averages (57:55).
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