You try and explain genetics research to your family

man wearing eyeglasses

Fearing that you might say the wrong thing, you explain your research to your family the same way you would talk to your advisor. You don’t leave out any details and you ensure all of your terminology is correct. You dive into talking about all of the pathogenic variants of P53, BRCA1, and even BRCA2. Luckily you just had a committee meeting where you had to explain all this stuff to a new member last week.

After about twenty minutes, you notice a blank stare creep onto all of your family’s faces, you can’t tell if they’re understanding what you’re talking about, if they’re using all their mental capacity to follow, or if they’re blanking out and just waiting for you to quit talking.

What do you do?

Keep explaining!

Wait for some response from your family, they’re probably just processing

Published by B McGraw

B McGraw has lived a long and successful professional life as a software developer and researcher. After completing his BS in spaghetti coding at the department of the dark arts at Cranberry Lemon in 2005 he wasted no time in getting a masters in debugging by print statement in 2008 and obtaining his PhD with research in screwing up repos on Github in 2014. That's when he could finally get paid. In 2018 B McGraw finally made the big step of defaulting on his student loans and began advancing his career by adding his name on other people's research papers after finding one grammatical mistake in the Peer Review process.

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