Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I heart science
Saw a man this morning with four dozen Krispy Kremes. He was in line at Dunkin Donuts.
Cubs magic number is FOUR. FOUR!!! Too distracted to work now.
I've done over 60 extractions already this week, thanks to the snazzy new tissue homogenizer. I may never have to wash mortars and pestles again, a fact that gives me great joy. My total number of basswood samples is approaching 600 as I finish documenting everything I have collected. The goal is to get them all extracted by the end of the month so I can mobilize the sequencing juggernaut.
I had a tiny science-thrill the other day. I was testing some new chloroplast markers on a few samples to see if I could find additional variation. As I opened the sequence files in the editing software and the chromatograms popped up looking all gorgeous and perfect, I realized: no entity in the history of time has ever seen this before. My trees are crammed full of genetic secrets and now I alone know some of them. It's a minor thing--the vast majority of the world really doesn't care--but I experienced a brief moment of profound empirical awe.
"I invite the media to grow a pair. And if you can’t, I will lend you mine." --Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton. Hell yeah.