The first of Sarah Sands’ Headline Interviews, with Sir Paul Nurse.
He talks of his early life and how he became fascinated by the natural world from a very early age.
Despite being very bright, and having a keen interest in learning, he had a hard time getting into university.
Well nobody’s perfect.
Sir Paul has an incredible back story, which triggered his interest in genetics, when he came to realise a family secret.
Lord Nurse has a wife and two daughters, but who have careers in London, One daughter has follower in her fathers footsteps.
On the subject of the Francis Crick Institute, which is what he describes as a ‘discovery institute’ Sir Paul explains how London is one of the global centres of scientific research.
The Crick Institute combines the work of 1,400 scientists working to research the body, to research and prevent illness and disease.
One aim is to innovate medical research and also create commercial success to attract high-value investment for the UK.
The Institute is formed by six organisations including London universities, University College London, Imperial College London and King's College London.
Sir Paul won a nobel prize for, in very simple terms, cell multiplication and the comparisons with human cells with other substances.