In the 5 October 2012 issue, we ran excerpts from 17 of the many interesting responses we received. Below, you will find the full versions of those 17 essays (in the order they were printed) as well as the best (in alphabetical order) of the other submissions we received
Mine is one of the top 17 selected out of 200: And the only from Africa.
What one big idea in your field do you wish that every non-scientist understood? Why?
The idea that one of the biggest threats to public health is the rise in the drug-resistant pathogens. Due to increased global trade and travels, these pathogens can spread easily. A truly global research system is necessary and timely. We never know when local problems and solutions may become global, and every part of the world has a contribution to make.
Patrick Kobina Arthur
Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, Ghana.