" - No thanks. I've seen the gulag (been there, done that) and I am not talented enough to make it look and sound and feel and smell like Disneyland. Happy to know that some other people are, though."
"Would you like to be an activist?"
"- No thanks, what's left of my mental health (not much, really) would vanish in the process, like the Titanic into the ocean. Plus, I can think of some people who really, really wouldn't like me to become an activist. Gotta care about the people you care about, right? Plus, I don't enjoy receiving death threats so much. I'd rather forget I ever did, actually."
"What did you study?"
" - Genomics. Still working on it, and I don't think I'll ever give it up. Just earned myself another MIT certificate (molecular biology, advanced level), so I'm super happy!! And also, literature (I'm a post-graduate in German literature, language and civilization). Love it, too. Can't say I have a passion for the microbiome, but I am fascinated (like many others) by cool genome editing tools like CRISPR-Cas9 and population genomics and bioinformatics. I'd like to write about it. Help speed things up, yes."
"Would you like to work in genomic entertainment?"
" - Definitely. Would love that!! I'm just a writer."
"Who are your favorite scientists and why?"
|Nina Tandon is Katy Perry|
|Robert Darnell at the NY Genome Center is Louis Pasteur|
|J. Craig Venter is Michael Jackson|
|Eric T'Pol MD, sorry, I meant to say Topol, is Mr. Spock|
"How do others see you?"
" - Errrr..... (Where's Charlie??)"
"Who are the most important people for your work as a writer?"
" - My co-writer Isabelle, my husband, the teenagers around me. I never miss an update on T'Pol's twitter account ... Sorry, I meant to say, Eric Topol MD. Also, I spend a lot of time reading articles by MIT Tech Review."