A Very Special Lunch
Recently I had the unique pleasure of meeting and enjoying lunch with a truly great and important woman. My friends at The Jackson Laboratory introduced me to Carol Bult, Ph.D. I have always told my children (and anyone else who will listen to me) that you will only accomplish something great in this world after you find that thing about which you are passionate, and Dr. Bult is passionate about the work she does.
She is a geneticist and bioinformatician working toward cures for cancer by identifying the genetic changes in tumors. Those then become the "targets" for diagnosis and therapy.
You will often read in this space "please call me if you would like a more detailed discussion of the topic". In this case, I have pretty much exhausted my knowledge of the subject in the previous paragraph. If, however, you do want to know more about the incredible cancer research they are doing, please click here.
At lunch, I thanked Dr. Bult for being one of those amazing people who have allowed a wonderful phrase to enter our language, and that is "I had cancer". Think about it - That phrase DID NOT EXIST when I was a kid and today we hear people say it all the time. We still have a long way to go but people like Carol Bult make me very optimistic about the future.
I can't imagine that there is anyone reading this who has not been touched by this horrible disease, directly or indirectly. So much progress has been made and awareness is greater than ever. Do you remember, not that long ago, if we had to utter the word "cancer", we would whisper it. Now we say it out loud and these amazing people are attacking it and winning.
The Jackson Laboratory does more than just cancer research (like curing cancer isn't enough). They have major research programs in Computational biology and bioinformatics, Developmental and reproductive biology, Immunology, Metabolic diseases and Neurobiology. If you would like to know more about this great facility, please click here. It is a wonderful website with a wealth of fascinating information.
Also, should you ever plan to be near gorgeous Bar Harbor, Maine, the location of their main facility, please let me know and I will arrange a tour for you.
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