Varmus talks to Dan Rather about his journey from literature major to scientist, and from the discovery of oncogenes to creating PLoS. Varmus reflects on his time as a researcher, as Director of the NIH, and on the importance of open communication in science.
Conversations in Science
Encouraging Scientific Exploration with Daniel Colón-Ramos
Colón-Ramos began his scientific journey as a boy fascinated by the unique environment of his native Puerto Rico. Now at Yale, he keeps his enthusiasm for the awe and wonder of the natural world. In this inspiring interview, he encourages scientific exploration and shares his infectious spirit.
Gene editing and CRISPR with Jennifer Doudna
In the last few years, the word CRISPR has exploded on the global scene, and with it Doudna, one of the pioneers in the field, has emerged into the spotlight. Doudna leads viewers through a nuanced and captivating view of this new technology, and along the way shares her own improbable journey into science.
Meditation and the brain with the Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama has always had a keen interest in science. In this interview from 2008, Rather and His Holiness talk science and what we can learn from the practice of meditation.
The cell cycle with Nobel Laureate Paul Nurse
Nurse and Rather come together for a frank and thoughtful conversation on the state of science and its role in society. Topics include climate change, GMOs, science education, how research spurs economic development, and Nurse’s own remarkably inspiring and surprising personal history.
The future of scientific training with Shirley Tilghman
How should we consider a journey through a career in science? Few have given this more thought than Tilghman, a leading geneticist at Princeton. Here, Tilghman talks about her own path in science and how we need to rethink how we train and inspire budding scientists in a challenging career environment.