• Question: What's the most exciting thing you've ever discovered and why?

    Asked by alice1996 to Iain, Leo, Jo, Gioia, Mariam on 22 Jun 2010 in Categories: . This question was also asked by hbrown1, sciencetube145, hannahandkatiexxx, kannah, hollynsarah, letstakeajourney, karat.
    • Photo: Iain Moal

      Iain Moal answered on 14 Jun 2010:

      I found a way of using artificial intelligence to look at how molecules vibrate and figure out how they change shape when then assemble themselves into molecular machines. I can even do this with protein molecules that have thousands of atoms!

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      Gioia Cherubini answered on 16 Jun 2010:

      I think it’s when I have discovered that by giving my special virus together with a low dose of chemo-drug, more cancer cells die. My work now is to understand why this happens.

    • Photo: Joanna Watson

      Joanna Watson answered on 16 Jun 2010:

      I haven’t really discovered any very exciting things in my research yet – I hope that if I keep working at it I will soon though!

    • Photo: Leo Garcia

      Leo Garcia answered on 16 Jun 2010:

      Great question! The most exciting thing I ever discovered has to do with tumours. I found out that if we take an ultrasound elastography image of a particularly slippery tumour it can appear more malignant (or dangerous) than it actually is. This knowledge can prevent doctors making mistakes when they diagnose cancer so it was pretty exciting.

      Outside of my work I think the most exciting thing I ever learnt was that I am a distance relative of oak trees, jelly fish and fruit flies.

    • Photo: Mariam Orme

      Mariam Orme answered on 22 Jun 2010:

      The most exciting thing I’ve discovered was that the accepted view about how two particular proteins work together was wrong! These two proteins are both implicated in cancer and are targetted by some drugs, so understanding more about how they work was very important. I was really proud to get my work published in a good journal.