Success in science

Tuesday, July 01th, 2008 by hinrich

A key element of molecular biology research is that we do experiments to test hypotheses and to make (unexpected?) discoveries. But I also believe, that scientists always need a bit of luck to find something. No matter how good a scientist is, there always seems to be a bit of luck needed. So, what makes a scientist continously successful (= making more than one discovery every five years)? I think, that one has to be as careful as possible with the planning, conducting and the analysis of experiments, so that if an experiment would contain data that revealed a new scientific discovery, the experiment was done careful enough to actually pick it up.

...and documented well enough to be repeatable...

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