Attended two excellent, if very different, seminars yesterday in London. The first was at UCL on targeting the oncogene Ras, given by Julian Downward from the Francis Crick institute – a fascinating tour through the different approaches that have been used to try and develop drugs against the activity of this gene in cancer. The second, by David Willetts at the Policy Institute at KCL (see above), was an analysis of the last hundred years of science policy in the UK. In a wonderful buy-one-get-one-free moment, the closing remarks to Lord Willetts speech were given by Venki Ramakrishnan, Nobel laureate and President of the Royal Society. Very interesting lecture, most notably for what wasn’t mentioned.