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How troublemakers can save lives

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It's important we hire non-conformists in the workplace - and encourage the non-conformists who are already there. Turns out they will save the world.

Professor Nigel McMillan and Dr Luqman Jubair are changing the world. Picture: Griffith University

This week, we heard excellent news of a breakthrough in cervical cancer treatments. As usual when it comes to research in that area, it's from Queensland, home to Ian Frazer, the man who drove the discovery of the vaccine to stop the human papilloma virus which causes cervical cancer. This time, it's from the lab of Griffith University's Nigel McMillan (who used to work with Frazer back in the day). Researchers used the CRISPR gene-editing technology in mice to delete tumours - and now they believe it will be ready to trial in humans in four years.

But deep in the story of research which will save lives (also, folks, make sure you get the HPV vaccine nice and early) is a story of a nonconformist. Meet Luqman Jubair, 33, now a PhD from McMillan's lab and waiting for a protection visa from the Australian government. He fled Iraq five years ago. He was a qualified doctor in Iraq and has just requalified in Australia and now he wants to be a medical oncologist so is........

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