Do What You Like (No, Really)

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Not everyone has to make the choice that David Mathews had to make, deciding between two disparate fields. But the lesson is far more broadly applicable: that is, find something you like doing.

Mathews chose between a career in bioinformatics and one in clinical medicine — he holds both MD and PhD degrees. "I actually enjoyed clinical medicine, but decided to go into bioinformatics mostly because I think there's a lot of interesting, unanswered questions that I was eager to work on," he says.

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