Stockholm - One of this year's Nobel Prize laureates says learning how to handle failure is key to becoming a successful scientist.
American James Rothman, who shared the medicine prize with countryman Randy Schekman and German-American Thomas Sudhof, said Friday that doing scientific research almost always means not getting the desired result.
The difference between "a great scientist and a not-so-lucky one," Rothman said in Stockholm, is the former fails 99 percent of the time, and the latter 99.9 percent.
Rothman said he ended up in biochemistry after Harvard's neuroscience program rejected him, but "turns out I became a pretty good biochemist."
The laureates will collect the $1.2 million prize on Tuesday for discoveries on how key substances are transported within cells.