Separation Anxiety: Leaving the Bench

Virginia Cox, PhD
Science Policy
Changing Careers
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A European science policy colleague of mine could succinctly explain her decision to leave the lab bench for the policy desk. She explained that as a plant geneticist developing frost-resistant plants in Europe during the early days of the European GMO backlash, she realized that scientists needed to explain plant genetics and the benefits of biotechnology therein to non-scientists. My separation from the bench was not nearly as neat or decisive. ...