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“I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.”

These words by Marie Curie resonate with me, as they accurately describe my feelings of awe and curiosity which have driven me in the pursuit of understanding the living world. I read the quote every morning as it welcomes me to the lab, on a plaque outside my building.