Do you know how I ended up working on cancer evolution? I would like to say it was deep thinking, profound insights and scientific vision that led me there, but -alas- the truth is that I was just really bad at proposing interesting projects to one of my first postdocs.
“Evolution? What’s that? Darwin and his finches? Forget it!”
Every time I said ‘How about integrating copy number and gene expression’ or ‘How about reconstructing networks from expression profiles’ he answered politely: “Yes, that sounds very interesting, but I would rather do evolution.”
“Evolution?” I said. “Like Darwin and his finches? Forget it! I don’t think we have that in cancer!” I said. “Be sensible and don’t ruin your career. Do genomics, like I tell you. That’s the future!” I said.