NOBEL THOUGHTS: David Baltimore

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NOBEL THOUGHTS: David Baltimore

Profound Insights of the Laureates

by Marc Abrahams

David Baltimore is president of the California Institute of Technology. In 1975 he received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries concerning the interaction between tumor viruses and the genetic material of the cell.

When you were a boy, did you read comic books?

A. Yes. Superman, Batman, and the like.

When you read a daily newspaper, which sections do you read first?

A. Front page. -And the last thing I would ever turn to would be the sports section. In between, I graze.

Do you recommend that people read in the bathroom?

A. Absolutely. It's one of the few times that you can really focus your attention — on what you're reading. In fact, one of the problems with the design of bathrooms is that there's generally not a good place you can put your book when you get up from the toilet.

Do you have any advice for young people who are entering the field?

A. Even if it seems hard and unremunerative, stick with it — it's great fun.


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