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
The TV news anchor’s statement that “there are two sides to everything” is even more dangerous. Yes, there are two sides at the start of any argument. But in the end, one side is supported by the preponderance of evidence.
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.