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  • Now that’s what I call enthusiasm
    Summer reading LabLit com will be ten years old on 7 March 2015 Lab Twitterati Links LabLit home Categories Comics Drugs Essays Fiction Films Guest post Lab LabLit Meta Podcasts Reviews Students Uncategorized Video Wide world Archives Archives Select Month March 2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October

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  • Breathing space
    4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org Breathing space August 24th 2010 by Jenny in Uncategorized I worked at home today This is something I do rarely but sometimes it becomes necessary This time I had a long chunk of analysis to do on my computer a slog with images and spreadsheets that I ve been putting off for weeks because I just couldn t find the mental space I needed to make it happen Somehow in the lab there is always something else that needs doing cells to tend papers to read colleagues questions to answer Only yesterday the ceiling of the tissue culture suite collapsed under a weight of water from a malfunctioning condensation collector and we had to mop up 20 liters of water from the floor as well as hundreds of dripping chunks of ceiling material that looked and felt almost exactly like a dog s breakfast The only good part about this episode was being allowed to crack open the shiny Chemical Spills Kit and use the fluffy pink absorbent cloths and sand for the first time but that s another story I always find it amazing how productive I can be at home One would think that distractions would abound food tea the internet with no watchful eyes to catch you straying But in my case I always end up being far more focused The hours slid away interrupted only by a spate of laundry and the need to dash out five or six times to pull clothes from the sunny wind swept line before they got re soaked by repeated cloudbursts Otherwise I was one with my spreadsheets and even found myself enjoying them Tomorrow I have a queue of experiments as long as my arm but until then this serenity is all mine 7 Comments Vania 1 Comment permalink August 25th 2010 at 01 26 Welcome to the joys of staying home It was entertaining to read your post because I am at the office at most a handful of hours per week and strictly when I have to because of administrative reasons it s impossible for me to work there meaning to think freely Then again I am a mathematician Jenny 2 Comment permalink August 25th 2010 at 07 52 I envy you your home time Vania Do you ever get a bit lonely though Vania 3 Comment permalink August 28th 2010 at 08 03 From being an only child on I had that classical bookish training becoming a friendly lone bear As for feeling lonely it s really up to the good friends I actually feel lonelier among colleagues with whom I don t share neither ideals nor interests this is likely to be very different for lab scientists like you where the team has so much

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  • Uncategorized - Lab Literal
    CP Snow LabLit chats with Anna Ziegler Summer reading LabLit com will be ten years old on 7 March 2015 Lab Twitterati Links LabLit home Categories Comics Drugs Essays Fiction Films Guest post Lab LabLit Meta Podcasts Reviews Students Uncategorized Video Wide world Archives Archives Select Month March 2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6

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  • Lab Literal
    over some fluorescent colours at 3 AM on a weekend is not normal for the rest of the world Blu tacking pictures of cells over your family desk photo does not fall in the middle of the world s bell shape curve I doubt it even falls at the edges Oh you know what a bell shaped curve is Guess who doesn t We do it cos we love it But the numbers say that most of us simply won t be able to do it What then I m all for fighting it But as an old soldier I know that there comes a critical point in every fight when the fight isn t worth it anymore it s not as they say cost effective Too few papers Too few ahem good papers Not enough postdoc experience Too much postdoc experience Too few places Too young Too old And of course that never abetting curse no money So at the risk of demoralizing everyone again I just wanted to ask when the music ends how do scientists go out With a bang or a whimper Do they bow out or something less graceful And of course what can they do when they have shuffled off the mortal coat 7 Comments add yours Little things mean a lot January 12th 2011 by Jenny in Uncategorized If you re like me you might sometimes wonder what would happen if you were to omit particular steps in an experimental protocol I m the sort who religiously follows instructions even when I suspect they re not that important so I don t often have the chance to find out Not so our poor rotating graduate student This afternoon he discovered exactly what transpires when you don t wet your membrane in methanol prior to equilibrating in buffer and performing a Western blot Utter carnage Don t try this at home kids 9 Comments add yours Make my day December 26th 2010 by rpg in Comics By Nik Papageorgiou Comments Off on Make my day Boffins in fancy dress December 7th 2010 by Jenny in Uncategorized Panda scientist dressed up as pandas We can t let China corner the market on this sort of thing Come one guys let s do some damage Who s in 11 Comments add yours All change November 28th 2010 by rpg in Comics Right Enough messing By Nik Papageorgiou Comments Off on All change The Truth hurts November 13th 2010 by rpg in Comics By Nik Papageorgiou 7 Comments add yours One experiment too far November 9th 2010 by Jenny in Uncategorized Today I got the results of an experiment I really wish I hadn t done Before today the theory all made sense Today this new information has muddied the waters Of course I won t pretend it never happened sweep it under the carpet go on as if nothing had changed Even though it s a rather minor point to the story I will still have

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  • Day 5 (Alex’s Version – Time to say goodbye!)
    goodbye August 14th 2010 by Alex in Uncategorized Today was the last day And today was also the day of truth had our experiments worked The morning started off quite quietly All my ocd ishness why yes I do colour code my revision notes why do you ask was satisfied when Alan and I helped to sort out and organize Jenny s old experiment slides into numerical order and then arrange them snugly in a cardboard box to go into the cold room I got to interview Jenny for my project on cancer and asked her about current treatments and about the mechanisms involved when a cell becomes cancerous It was really fun and we filmed the interview on her Flip HD It was the first time I d ever done an interview about science and even after this great week we ve had I have to admit I was a bit nervous about trying to be coherent on tape Then in the afternoon it was time to go down to the confocal microscope and see our results First we looked at the controls and as we expected we saw they were normal round healthy happy looking cells And then we moved on to the gene knockdown cells My cells had gone all spiky Though not as spiky as Tweet and Spike mind you They were full of stress lines and had got really big It was an exciting moment We took lots of photos and a few stacks too Jenny said my results were quite interesting so I hope I was able to make some tiny contribution to her research and of course if she wins the Nobel Prize I expect a mention Overall I have to say that I ve enjoyed my week here more than I know

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  • Stepping Up
    2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org Stepping Up August 12th 2010 by Alan in Uncategorized Ok so we ve really stepped up our game now and lots of really cool stuff seems to all be happening at the same time The Hela cells which we knocked the genes down in on Monday are looking good and today we fixed them in place and used a few of the microscopes to take a look So far we have been slowly working our way up the food chain we started with the little still bigger than anything we have at school microscope in the cell culture room this is the baby of the family But today we happened to find an interesting couple of cells that needed further investigation So we moved on to the teenager across the lab This guy is hooked up to the computer so we can take a couple of images a handy improvement He has also has a UV light to look at stained parts of the cells But he is a grumpy so and so it takes seven switches to get him out of bed and ready to work in the mornings Seven He has good and bad days I hear But today he decided that his fine focus wasn t going to work So it took some nifty jiggery pokery technical term from Jenny to get the photos just right But tomorrow we get to use

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  • I’d love to see the science version
    Snow LabLit chats with Anna Ziegler Summer reading LabLit com will be ten years old on 7 March 2015 Lab Twitterati Links LabLit home Categories Comics Drugs Essays Fiction Films Guest post Lab LabLit Meta Podcasts Reviews Students Uncategorized Video Wide world Archives Archives Select Month March 2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December

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  • The Rapture comes early to our institute
    Guest post Lab LabLit Meta Podcasts Reviews Students Uncategorized Video Wide world Archives Archives Select Month March 2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org The Rapture comes early to our institute

    Original URL path: http://blogs.lablit.com/2010/07/the-rapture-comes-early-to-our-institute/ (2016-04-26)
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