• Question: what is it like when you discover new things while doing experiments??

    Asked by bana12 to Rachel, Ettie on 1 Jun 2019.
    • Photo: Rachel Hardy

      Rachel Hardy answered on 1 Jun 2019: last edited 1 Jun 2019 11:01 pm


      It’s an amazing feeling! However small the finding may be, the fact that it is new gives me such a good buzz. This is because I know that my own hard work and commitment to the project have lead to me finding out something that not many others (or none at all!) know about. Also, the fact that these findings may eventually lead to new, better and safer medicines for patients in the future mean that I have achieved something truly unique that will really help people to live better lives. The amazing thing is, you could also play a part in discoveries like these in the future using your own skills and love for science!

    • Photo: Ettie Unwin

      Ettie Unwin answered on 3 Jun 2019:


      I don’t really do what most people consider as typical experiments. I use a computer to predict how diseases will spread so all the experimentation is done by changing some values in my equations and looking at the results. Like Rachel I think finding new things is amazing. The potential that small things we find in our day to day jobs can have for people around the world is huge. I like being able to play my part.

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