Earlier this week I was at the 2012 meeting of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in Nice (which was a nice location for a conference). With just over 1,000 attendees from the major life science research institutions in Europe, the conference hosted talks with the latest research on how cells grow, move, signal to each other, regulate genes, and form into higher structures such as tissues and organs.
The meeting featured a few keynote addresses from top researchers, the first of which was given by Dr. Paul Nurse who discussed his work furthering understanding of how cells control replication. This very basic process, of which there is still so much not understood, is at the core of normal growth and development of all organisms and its perturbation defines the central disregulation of cancer.
After his presentation, I was fortunate to have a chance to talk with Dr. Nurse where he expressed his frank views on the direction of life science research and the challenges facing new drug discovery and development. For a summary of this interview, take a look at, Dr. Paul Nurse Discusses the Challenges Facing Life Science Research and Drug Development.