Nothing must interfere with my scientific work, not even my death

Monday, 3 December, 2012

The research work of some scientists may span decades, even centuries, meaning they will eventually need to find someone to take over, and carry on, their experiments:

Lenski, who is 56 years old, thinks he’ll watch his bacteria for about another decade. Then he’ll have to find someone to inherit this project. It’s not a particularly expensive or difficult study – so he just needs to find someone younger who has a lab and is willing to carry his vision forward. “They might be in their, you know, early- or mid-30s or something like that,” Lenski says, “and then they can decide whether they want to do it for just the next five or 10 years or whether they want to continue it for another 30 years and perhaps pass it on to somebody who hasn’t even been born yet.”

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