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Who would be on your guest list? / Image via Visual Age, Flickr

Last year, we launched a new feature called The Short Read, a weekly peek behind the curtain at the people who make the genomics community tick. As well as finding out about their work, their career highlights, and their best pieces of career advice, we just had to find out who would be on the guest list for a genomics-themed dinner party.

“Which scientists, living, dead, or fictional, would you invite to dinner, and why?”

So far we’re starting to build up quite a diverse list, for what promises to be one hell of a party! 

George Church would celebrate microscopists, radiographers, and electromagnetic specialists for “imaging the unseen”.

  • Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
  • Marie Curie
  • Wilhelm Rontgen
  • Nettie Stevens

Amalio Telenti would whip up a gourmet feast for the fathers of evolutionary science.

  • Charles Darwin
  • Gregor Mendel

Anna Middleton favours a personal hero of mine, to find out “her perspective of working in a man’s world as a pioneer”

  • Rosalind Franklin

Nan Doyle‘s invite list is fairly extensive, including some of the women who “realised their scientific and personal dreams.”

  • Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Gregor Mendel
  • Salvador Luria
  • Mary-Clare King
  • Barbara McClintock
  • Rosalind Franklin
  • Susan Lindquist 

David Smith was the first participant in The Short Read to take us up on the offer of including fictional scientists!

  • Sherlock Holmes (as played by Benedict Cumberbatch)
  • Freeman Dyson

Hannes Smárason has seen the movies and read the accounts, and now wants to understand the human interactions between the discovery of the structure of DNA.

  • James Watson
  • Francis Crick
  • Rosalind Franklin

We’ll be keeping this party going with each new issue of The Short Read. Don’t forget to let us know who you would want to add to the guest list!

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