Some of the major players in genetics history are unknown outside scientific circles, yet their work reverberates continually through our lives. People like Erwin Chargaff, who worked out the complementary relationship between DNA base pairs, and Hans Spemann, the father of cloning. Despite their achievements they are not viewed by the public at large as great historical figures, but their endeavours have been just as majestic as those of celebrated people in other fields.
Genetics, in fact all of science, is no different from any other aspect of human activity. There are challenges and struggles, the surpassing of insurmountable odds, disappointments, failures, petty jealousies, outstanding individuals and arrogant individuals. Then there are the mavericks, the people who risk their names and reputations by going out on a limb. These are the sort of ingredients that you expect to see in some of your blockbusters where the hero is a sports star, war veteran or politician.
Science seems to be viewed as a separate entity, as if it somehow sits alone amongst all human endeavours. Perhaps it’s because these events happen inside a laboratory or the cloistered environments of the university campus, and not on the sports field, battle field or political arena? Maybe it's that which stops you from wanting to tell their stories?