Realism, Gender, and Gameplay: Where do we draw the line in making fictional universes seem real?

Where does realism come into play in the games that we play? With VR technology creating a more immersive reality and gaming graphics being better than ever, video games are definitely progressing to a more real gameplay experience.

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Check your cells before you wreck your cells

Amazing that six weeks have already passed! While research has been continuing at a rapid pace, the results, unfortunately, have not. Last time I mentioned that we haven’t found the right conditions to synthesize the proteins that we want to study. After much repetition of experiments and confused looks at the results (for instance, the protein that we work with is called Green Fluorescent Protein…it was not green) we have finally (hopefully) found the source of the hold-up: bad cells. That is right. The cells that we used to synthesize the protein that we then study and manipulate had somehow become contaminated such that the cells were not properly taking up the plasmid (DNA material) that they needed to obtain the ability to manufacture the protein of interest. New stock cells have been made and research can continue with more promising results.

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