• Question: What if the most exiting thing you have discovered with your work?

    Asked by nightmail to Keith on 16 Jun 2014.
    • Photo: Keith Grehan

      Keith Grehan answered on 16 Jun 2014:


      This is a tough one and I’m afraid my answer will be a bit boring in this area as really I’m just starting out in full time research. But during my MSc (Masters degree in science) I was lucky to be working on a really interesting project and I became the one of the first people to isolate some of the genes involved in the functioning of the immune system in bats and the first person to ever compare these genes between different bats species and to compare the bats genes to other non-bat animals.
      By doing this I was trying to figure out if differences in these genes could be the reason bats seem to carry so many viruses. The results weren’t quite as exciting as I had hoped they might be but it’s always great to be the first to do something.

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