Nobel Laureate: Most interesting thing is to do what you love to do

17:22, December 11, 2009      

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The most interesting thing is to be in love with what you do and follow what is most interesting to you, not feel like that there is some reason you need to go into a particular field or not go into a particular field, but you can do what you enjoy for a long time.

This was the advice the Nobel Laureate Carol Greider in Physiology or Medicine gave to young people in an interview with People's Daily Online recently.

As a graduate student in Elizabeth Blackburn's lab, Greider was investigating how a single-celled pond organism maintains the specialized protective end parts of chromosomes called telomeres.

"Of course it is all going to be hard work. But it is much easier to do hard work when you are excited about it. So pursue what you love and don't give up," said Ms. Greider, the youngest woman Nobel Laureate told Xinhua.

"It was when I went to the biochemistry lab, I found that I like this experiment, this is really fun. Then I decided to go to graduate school and continue to work with the laboratory training. It is always about what will be the most fun thing to be doing in the next couple of years. I enjoyed working on telomeres, so just by pursuing each step what I thought is most interesting idea, I am able to continue to do what I enjoy most, " said Greider.

Due to her love for telomeres, she chose Professor Blackburn's lab while Blackburn said she also liked best students to choose her as professor.

"So it is a mutual choice for us to work together," said Professor Blackburn at the press conference.

"Earlier on my father who was physicist just told me that to pursue what I like to pursue, and he was never somebody to say you should get money for getting good grades, or for anything, he said it should be its own reward of being able to open doors and have opportunities in front of you, you should do it for yourself. Have the enjoyment of what it brings you. So that was a kind of nice encouragement he gave," said Greider.

"It is always about ideas in my family and doing something that you enjoy doing," said Greider.

By Xuefei Chen, People's Daily Online, Stockholm
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