Friday Fun: #4 Rodents Fear Me

I’ve been writing a lot the past couple of weeks (for a proposal, not here, unfortunately), but I came across this bit about when you know you’ve been in the lab too long, and thought it was a lot of fun.  Some of them are DEFINITELY true — I particularly love #1, #8, #33 and #50,…

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Bad Project

I know that I’ve posted a couple of these before, but I thought that this send-up was exceptional because of the lyrics (which everyone that has gone to grad school in the sciences can attest to), and (truly inspired by Lady Ga-Ga) the costumes which ingeniously used serological pipettes, bio-hazards bags and lab diapers. Well…

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Lab Hound

Something sort of fun – I got to have a little extra company in the lab over the past couple of days.  You see, we are having a couple of days work done at The Aerie (taking care of a couple of things before the holidays).  That meant that workmen were going to be in…

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Labwear Fashion

The other day, a colleague from another company in our building stopped in looking for a lab coat.  We knew this guy was a biologist and so were a little surprised.  Most biologists don’t wear lab coats.  Actually, most chemists don’t either.  Maybe he was doing that rare thing where something icky, or caustic, might…

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Warhorse

Our new endeavor has been going for the past six months or so and a lot has changed from my old position.  Different company.  Different lab.  Different projects.  Lots of change. Yet, some things stay the same.  Molecular biology is still the same – just different arrangements of A, G, C, and T really.  And…

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True Lab Stories: Volume 1

So, starting a new company can be interesting as a few of us old warhorses necessarily are spending a lot more time in the lab than we have in a while. Today, our founder was grousing about an experiment that had gone awry.  It wasn’t a big deal, probably cost him a day or two,…

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Bar Protocols

I think a lot of scientists like to cook.   Cooking is like an experiment – you start with a bunch of stuff and transform it into something else that you want.  And when you’re in a lab, especially when you’re new to it, one of the first things you spend some time doing is…

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in vivo

The term “in vitro” translates as “in glass” and in a scientific sense refers to experiments done in a well-controlled laboratory environment.  Every experiment that I’ve done in my career has been in vitro – from making compounds, to purifying proteins, to sequencing DNA, to doing NMR – all of these have more-or-less been done…

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