The post below was my entry to this year’s Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize. Unfortunately I didn’t make the cut but well done to everyone who did. The full shortlist can be seen here: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/News/2012/News/WTVM055831.htm
My entry was submitted back in April and looking back I can see I picked a slightly controversial and heavy topic. This appears to be a nasty habit of mine (my dissertation is on representations of race in museums) but I can’t help what I’m interested in.