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real doctors, real people - Oliver Smithies

by Nathan Clendenin for UNC Health Care — last modified Sep 11, 2013 11:29 AM
Dr. Oliver Smithies won the Nobel Prize for his research in gene modification. What you may not know is that since he was a child, he's been enthralled with flying.

Ever get the chance to sit and talk with a Nobel Laureate?  Well I have and it was amazing!

Also amazing is Oliver Smithies’ career as a scientist.  He won the Nobel Prize for his research in gene modification.  What you may not know is that since he was a child, he's been enthralled with flying.

Of particular interest is the glider plan, where the idea is not to reach a certain destination but to enjoy floating on currents and taking in the view from above.

Not without a set of risks and rewards, Smithies draws an interesting comparison between flying a glider and scientific research, particularly the work that led to his 2007 Nobel Prize.

So in the vein of floating and taking in your surroundings, sit back and enjoy this month's episode of real doctors, real people.

And if you're interested in hearing more about his early years, education and the influences along the way, see the outtakes video as well.

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