Petra Tauscher's Blog
Scott Gilbert is a Professor of Biology (Emeritus) at Swarthmore College, where he has taught developmental genetics, embryology, and the history and critiques of biology. He is the author of various textbooks such as 'Developmental Biology' and 'Ecological Developmental Biology'. One of his research interests is how the turtle got its shell.
Do you sometimes wonder why scientists bother to study the development of fruit flies? Or why they care about how the cave fish has lost its eyes? Unfortunately, the relevance of research is not always apparent from the beginning. Sometimes it needs years, or even decades to understand the significance of certain findings! Here I want to tell the story of heat shock proteins - one out of many examples of how a study initially dismissed as irrelevant turned out to be a groundbreaking finding.