The public as a full partner in science

Russell advocates: “Get the public involved as a full partner in science.”

Then, they will push the science and the scientists faster and more directly toward practical solutions. There are times a scientist may want to focus on understanding how every part of a process works, but the public may be more interested in working directly on the solution, especially in biomedicine.

Russell says generally that there needs to be more open dialogue and interaction between scientists and the public for the greater good. “I think that’s the promise of biobanks” she says, noting simply that biobanks don’t exist without samples from the general public.

Photo by Jeffrey Luke for CityClub Seattle

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