University of Dundee

"'Wrong' results and what to do about them"

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 16:00 to 17:00
Event Location: 
MSI Small Lecture Theatre
Professor Paul Birch FRSE
Event Speaker: 
Prof Andy Flavell
Plant Science Division
Event Type: 
Paradoxically, many scientists tend to think they know roughly what the results of their experiments are going to be before they actually carry them out. In my 45 years of doing experiments, a lot of 'wrong' results have arisen, usually because the experiment was screwed up. However, sometimes the 'wrong' result turns out to be 'right', it's just our brains are 'wrong'. In my experience these are the most rewarding experiments so it's worthwhile thinking about how to maximise their occurrence and impact. The talk will give a few illustrations I've accumulated while having fun with mouse virology, through Drosophila molecular genetics to crop plant genomics and epigenomics.
Followed by a Drinks reception