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The Purpose

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

— Frank Outlaw

Every blog has a purpose. For some it is to share one's personal life. For others it is to spread a political ideology. I have been blessed with the opportunity to listen to many different minds in science and talked to many whose conviction is that the path forwards in humanity requires us to rethink everything we have done up to this point in order to make sure that future generations survive.

I have decided to dedicate my life to the service of this cause. I know I am not all-knowing nor claim to be. In all humility, keeping in mind the above quote, the purpose of this blog shall be to summarize and share information related to science, biotechnology, and the environment that I find interesting, and engage in an informed, reasoned discussion with anyone willing to learn. I look at this blog as a starting point to change my destiny.

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