Martin Evans Quotes
When I was seven we moved to Orpington, and in my new school, I was kept in for extra lessons to learn 'joined-up' writing instead of playing football. I still think that my poor handwriting and lack of soccer skills date from that period.
When I try to think back to my favourite toys, books and activities, I do see now that perhaps I did naturally become a scientist. I made pressed flower collections at about the age of eight; later I learned about wild orchids and became adept at finding all the species in Kent. I loved old science books, e.g. 'Moving Things for Lively Youngsters.'
I was born on the first day of January 1941 in the front bedroom of my grandparents' house in Rodborough near Stroud in Gloucestershire where my mother had come to escape the bombing in London.
I have always been interested - indeed, waylaid - by the leading edges of technology, even during my Ph.D. years when I pioneered (but did not publish) agarose gel electrophoresis for RNA fractionation. Also, much later, I was instrumental in showing that Green Fluorescent Protein and RNAi could be made to work in mammalian cells.
Denise Van Outen
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