My first love was science, especially biology – from my earliest years.
In 1992 when I was 31 and by this time living in Chile something came to my attention that needed sorting out. The upshot was that I decided that I would apply myself to discover through learning about scientific facts, what part divine creation and what part evolution played in the coming into being of life.
This became my passion and my life’s work. It was as if I had found the spring of life that never runs dry – because inspiration welled up day after day and has not stopped.
An inner voice told me to start with genetics. So I started studying genetics by reading scientific journals and buying textbooks in Cambridge when I went back to England to visit.
My studies soon showed me that random mutations to DNA could switch off the expression of genes. I learnt that the non-expression of genes often underpins modifications in plants and animals. I knew than that I had the key to scientific understanding.