Will and I had a chat this Monday with Sir John Sulston, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on embryogenesis and programmed cell death in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (with Sydney Brenner and Robert Horvitz) when he visited the Centre in Truro. Via sequencing the genome of this model system, he became central to the sequencing of the human genome as the director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and, importantly championing open access of (genomic) data. He currently heads the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation at the University of Manchester and has recently chaired the Royal Society workgroup on ‘People on the Planet’. Among other things, we discussed our planned functional genomics experiment on transduction of bacterial antibiotic resistance genes that I will post on in the near future. An interesting BBC Hardtalk interview with him can be found here.