Back in the Lab

Jan 25th, 2005

As I mentioned in my last but one entry this term sees the begining of my lab project. As a result I am once more involved in the same processes that occupied me over the summer.
The thing that is surprising though is not the similarities but the differences. Although I’m using similar methods, the little protocols used in the current lab are slightly different. Some of these differences are due to merely the lab layout, or personal preferences, whereas others are matters of money. Whereas my summer lab was well funded, I am currently in a university laboratory. As a result funding is tighter, and things are done in the cheapest, rather than the quickest manner.
Still, now I know how to do things and the general approach taken. I can understand where everything I am doing is going, and what I’ll be doing next.
Meanwhile, In other news, life progresses as normal. Unfortunately my life seems absent of any remarkably interesting stories. and although I could recount tales of half centimeters of snow, and laughing whilst drinking, none of them are remarkably interesting to anyone but me. Indeed, even my lab work, which I actually happen to be enjoying, is probably boring to most of you. Still, its more interesting than talking about the weather, or the fact I had a good nights sleep on Sunday. And while I could regail you with opinions on current event, I expect me ranting on will either serve to annoy or only reveal my ignorance on complex political issues.

3 Responses to “Back in the Lab”

  1. Hello,

    Aha, a project indeed? Rather grand and exciting. What is it to be? A new type of grapefruit?

  2. Alas no! Rather that producing new varieties of citrus fruits I am instead studying the Ohp operon of the soil bacterium Rhodococcus. For those who are still curious, Ohp is another name for ortho-hydroxyphenylpropionic acid, and is absolutely nothing to do with over head projectors.

    The operon is responsible for producing proteins which help break down Ohp, allowing the bacterium to use it as a carbon source. I am looking at how the production of these proteins is regulated, so as they are only produced when needed. The protein responsible for this regulation has already been found, I am trying to discover where it bind to the DNA.

    And I believe that was more information than you probably wanted to know. Especially as my suspicions place you as someone who I probably know.

  3. Ooo. Bio stuff always fascinated me, possibly because bioengineering was one of the subjects I never found time to study as an undergrad. Some of my best friends at my department are doing some sort of bone stem cell work, and it\’s terribly interesting.

    I\’ve always wanted to learn how to do DNA characterization. That gel electrophoresis, or whatever that technique is, always looked pretty cool. :o)

    -Alchemy, stumbling in from snopes

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