Published in Seattle Magazine, January 2011
UW Scientist Henry Lai Makes Waves in the Cell Phone Industry
UW scientist Dr. Henry Lai never set out to link cell phones to cancer, but his work—and efforts
By Naomi Ishisaka
A greeting card on bioengineering professor Henry Lai’s office wall at the University of Washington contains this quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
This philosophy could well sum up Lai’s work on the effects of low-level radiation on DNA, as well as what he believes should be the guiding principle of science: independent investigation and research leading to discovery for the public good. Yet the soft-spoken scientist’s steadfast belief in that principle has placed his research at the center of a persistent global controversy and created powerful enemies that tried to get him fired and essentially succeeded in drying up the source of funding for the type of research he was doing.
Read the rest of this article on SeattleMag.com.