Since my last post things have gotten quite crazy. Not only have I had 5 midterms in the last three weeks but I can not seem to get a simple experiment going in the lab. What I want to do is get a preliminary experiment going to see if we can make longer DNA nanotubes using a few different techniques. But lab gremlins (see Paul’s last post) and rouge PCR machines have all set that back. It’s a bit frustrating, especially since I’ve been going into the lab more and more for less results, but I think it is a good learning experience. When thinking about the experiment before doing it, my thought was “oh this will be easy! Maybe two weeks till data”. Oh how naive. Instead it has taken two weeks, maybe more I’ve lost track, to find out that a PCR machine might not be working and we can’t even get past the starting point. But hey, no one said science was easy. Outside of lab though, things are especially busy. I am only taking 13 units this quarter, but the classes I’m taking seem to add up to the same amount of work as 20 units. Yet, as always, I am finding new and exciting papers and area of research to keep me motivated. For example, researchers at the University of Minnesota (I’m pretty sure), have been able to use a chemical commonly found in shampoo to wash mouse organs of their cells, leaving the protein and cartilage scaffolding exposed. This allows them to “regrow” a functional organ, i.e. the heart, using another mouse’s stem cells and then transplant it without the risk of immunological rejection. If that doesn’t motivate you to do research I don’t know what will.