• Question: is it very intresting when testing medicine

    Asked by emg17 to Robert on 19 Sep 2019.
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      Robert Ives answered on 19 Sep 2019:

      Hi. I find testing possible medicines really interesting and it is exciting knowing that something you are testing might be the next ‘wonder drug’, a cure or vaccine for some nasty disease.

      However, most things we test will never become medicines, and most of them could actually harm us. In the early stages, testing possible medicines can be very repetitive and can get a bit boring. You might start with 10s or 100s of compounds and this number gets smaller and smaller until, hopefully at the end, there are one or two remaining that might actually help ‘change the world’ – that’s the really exciting part and the reason I am a scientist.