• Question: Whats The Feeling Like When You've Found A Medicine That Cures A Really Deadly Deisese?

    Asked by chocolatebuttonz to Alastair, Emma, Hywel, Keith on 23 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
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      Hywel Vaughan answered on 23 Jun 2010:

      I’m afraid to say I haven’t found a cure to a really deadly disease, so I can’t answer that one 🙁 Perhaps one of the other scientists can though!

    • Photo: Alastair Sloan

      Alastair Sloan answered on 23 Jun 2010:

      Well I have not done that yet – but I have found out why gum disease causes bone loss and am working on treatments to stop that happening. When you get a result that means you’ve taken a huge step to developing a new treatment then its probably like scoring a goal or winning the gold medal – a huge sense of acheivement

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      Keith Brain answered on 23 Jun 2010:

      I’d love to know, but it hasn’t happened to me yet. You might want to read more about the people who have, like:
      – Alexander Flemming and Howard Florey (for penicillin, probably the most important antibiotic ever discovered)

      However, mostly, each scientist makes only a small contribution to finding new medicines – it tends to happen when teams of scientists work together, each doing a small part. So, teamwork is very important in science.