Nerd Rules

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Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Um, I’ve been asked to introduce myself before introducing the speaker, which is the main purpose of my being here. Um, I’m, ah, Jean Thomas. I’m the new Biological Secretary of the Royal Society, and I’m pressure biochemistry in-in Cambridge. Ah, the other thing I’ve been asked to do, ah, before I have the pleasure of chairing this lecture, is to ask you all to switch your mobiles off if you would please. And, also to tell you that, ah, this lecture will be recorded and, ah, webcast. So, this is the, uh, Francis Crick, uh, prize lecture, um, we’re about to hear. This was established in, uh, 2003 through an endowment by, uh, Dr. Sydney Brenner, commander of honor and, ah, fellow of the Royal Society, who was the joint winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2002. The lecture is delivered annually in any field of biological sciences, but preference is given to the general areas in which Francis Crick himself worked—uh, genetics, molecular biology, and neurobiology. And you’ll see that this, ah, evening’s speaker is imminently well-suited to talk to us. So, the Francis Crick lecturer, ah, for this year is Dr. Simon Fisher. Dr. Fisher is, ah, a Royal Society, ah, research fellow, um, so he’s, ah, a fellow of one of our flagship, ah, schemes for young scientists in the society, and he’s also reader in molecular and neuroscience in Oxford at the Welcomme Trust Centre for Human Genetics. Ah, he’s head there of the molecular neuroscience group. His laboratory carries out research into molecular mechanisms that underlie human speech and language. Simon is also, ah, the Isobel Laing Fellow at Oriel College in Oxford, where he teaches biochemistry and, ah, genetics to undergraduates, ah, studying medicine. So, lucky undergraduates to be getting it straight from the horse’s mouth. The Francis Crick Lecture was…...

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