The Genome Campus has been swarming with non-scientist visitors over the past couple of days. They are here to find out what we get up in our secluded, multi-million-pound, international research centre by viewing a range of exhibits and taking tours of the non-restricted parts of the premises. This is in celebration of the anniversary of the discovery of DNA and other things.

Many members of the general public believe all sorts of nonsense about biotechnological research, so hordes of mischievous plans ran through my head; my favourite: to dress up in a two-headed gorilla suit and knuckle-walk across the Campus lawns, pursued by two of my colleagues dressed in white coats, both screaming about an “escaped experimental subject”.

Mwah hah hah hah!