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Dr Alan McHughen
biotechnology specialist and geneticist at the University of California in Riverside

From my earliest memories, I wanted to know what made things tick. This was exemplified by one early uncontrolled experiment, in which I dissected my parents’ alarm clock, much to their chagrin and my unbridled joy. But what really triggered my career was an inspirational and encouraging science teacher in secondary school.

Alan McHughen is author of Pandora’s Picnic Basket: The Potentials and Hazards of Genetically Modified Foods (buy this book from Amazon (UK) or Amazon (USA)), and coeditor of Transgenic Plants and Crops (buy this book from Amazon (UK) or Amazon (USA)).