• Question: in the whole science topic what is your favourite

    Asked by patelv05 to Jim on 12 Jun 2011.
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      Jim Caryl answered on 12 Jun 2011:

      Well, the favourite topic is my own research area, which is trying to understand how bacteria avoid being killed by antibiotic medicine that is supposed to kill them.

      It is not always the true that a scientist’s own research area is also their favourite. Sometimes when we are studying to become scientists we have to study topics that we find boring, too difficult or uninteresting (though they may be fascinating to other scientists). Once we are done training we might then choose to try another area that we find more interesting. I’m very lucky to have found myself working in an area that I love and find extremely interesting, as well as important in medicine.