Jack Szostak

Biochemistry

Shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in medicine for the discovery of telomeres.

"There was something completely different about the DNA ends."

“The thing to do is just to take opportunities to get involved in doing research,” says Szostak. “People who run labs are almost always interested in having new, young excited people join the lab and learn how to do things.” But he cautions against specializing too much too soon. As a student, Szostak worked in chemistry, physiology and biochemistry labs — and all those experiences, he believes, helped with his research later on. “It’s good to move around,” he says, noting that one of the best ways to discover something new is to take ideas from widely differing fields and bring them together to create never-before-imagined experiments. “Learning a lot of different things is a really good thing to do, and it’s more interesting and fun.”

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