Thursday, June 24, 2010

Life lessons for synthetic biologists

1. A serious lesson

"Biology may or may not care about the physicist's insatiable desire for elegance." -- Jeff Hasty

Figure 1: In other words, sometimes this happens. From Hasty et al, Physical Review Letters 2002 | doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.88.148101

2. Another lesson that is just as serious

Humor in lab is essential, of course. However, if you just heard the great story about the giant biohazard bag full of innocuous things in your PI's car... finish laughing before you load your gel.

The idea, of course, is to prevent this from happening. [Original photo source]

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