The research process

As this is a blog partially meant to educate its readers on the process of summer research, I thought I’d write on an integral part of the biological laboratory experience. As bacteria and other living organisms don’t, as a rule, conform to timetables set by researchers, it becomes necessary to come in to the lab on the weekends to set up your work for the coming week. For example, today, I came in to prepare media for a protein induction tomorrow, and to inoculate liquid cultures so I can have some DNA to work with tomorrow. Even with the most meticulous planning, these little visits can only be minimized with respect to their frequency and duration, never eliminated. ¬†When your work is progressing quickly, often it’s difficult to stay out of the lab, but when things stagnate for no apparent reason, the Sunday matinee becomes a far more appealing prospect…

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