Mukund Thattai has made several contributions in the area of synthetic biology, a field which attempts to combine genes into biological circuits. He now teaches at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, and is studying the two billion-year-old origins of complex eukaryotic cells. He is deeply involved in arts/science collaborations and tweets at @thattai
When society makes demands of scientists, we are obliged to listen because society provides the resources that support our exploration. But we should be careful to explain that there is no map, that following compasses takes time, that dead ends are common.
Tamilian author Perumal Murugan has now come out with his new book in Tamil "Kozhaiyin Padalgal" ("Songs of a Coward"). It speaks of the period when the writer was fighting a battle, both internally as well as with the external forces.