• Don't take academics seriously till 6th grade

    Craig C Mello, the 2006 Nobel prize winner for Medicine and Physiology is known for his revolutionary ideas on social change. A firm believer in 'out of the box' ideas, he tells Nishaki Mehta and Nidhi Malhotra what triggers a child's interest in science, how parents could spur this interest and the limitations of the present education system. This is the last in a three-part interview series.

    20 October 2008; | doi:10.1038/nindia.2008.303

  • The Raman Effect

    India getting a Nobel is almost like buying a lottery ticket and silently wishing the odds are in your favour, says Gautam Radhakrishna Desiraju.

    18 October 2008; | doi:10.1038/nindia.2008.302

  • Never say 'that's my idea' in a collaboration

    In the second part of this three-part interview series, Craig C Mello, the Nobel Laureate for Medicine and Physiology 2006, reveals to Nishaki Mehta and Nidhi Malhotra some trade secrets that could make young scientists great collaborators and lab leaders.

    17 October 2008; | doi:10.1038/nindia.2008.299

  • Governments need scientific foresight

    On August 31, 2006, Craig C Mello was awarded a 'No-Bell' by one of his students at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. A month and a half later, it presaged the announcement of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. Mello along with colleague Andrew Fire of Stanford University School of Medicine opened a new window on the cell with his discoveries related to RNA interference. Nishaki Mehta and Nidhi Malhotra caught up for a brief chat with the 47-year-old American scientist. Here's the first part in the three-part interview series.

    10 October 2008; | doi:10.1038/nindia.2008.296