Thursday, September 06, 2007

I owe my boss $50.

Crap. I owe Bossman 50 bucks. I forgot to wash my last buffy coat a second time to get rid of the extra PHA, and I killed my damn cells.

Well, killed them with PHA instead of killing them with glowing HIV.

Killing them with PHA isnt so cool.

But Bossman rocks: *shrug* "Dont get down on yourself. Its a mistake you are never going to make again, and youre going to make sure no one in the lab makes it again. Right?"

*sigh* So I wasted a week and I wasted $50 (the cost of a bag of leftover blood from the blood bank). And if I dont step it up (even if I do) my first paper wont be a first-author paper in Journal of Virology...

*evil grin* Itll be a middle-author-nobody paper in PNAS. hehehehe! Our ERV/epigenetics experiments are going REALLY well, and theyre submitting it to PNAS. WHOOOOO!!!! I wont be first author, but ya know what? Im not going to bitch about being a middle author on a PNAS paper! Unfortunately this project isnt *my* project to write about, so you all will have to wait, but youll be the first ones to know!

11 comments:

Tyler DiPietro said...

Holy crap, your first paper is being submitted to PNAS?! Talk about an early touch-down...

ERV said...

No its not *my* paper :) Im just the random grad student that did one experiment and got a few gel pics they needed :) But they needed them, and couldnt do the experiment themselves, so I did help... but its not *my* paper.

But like I said, Ill take middle author on a PNAS paper :)

Israel Barrantes said...

PNAS? Whoa! *reverence*... I'll refer to you as Doctor or Professor now

deanbcurtis said...

There goes any attempt at a Buffy joke. PNAS. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Super, preemptive congratulations.

Bob O'Hara said...

Are you sure Abbie doesn't mean Proceedings of the Northern Antarctic Station?

Bob

olegt said...

Congrats, ERV. The first of many.

Torbjörn Larsson said...

It's all part of an ERVilutionist plan to rule the scientific world, I'm sure. Congrats!

You killed some cells? Boho for you. I adopted a reputation by blowing a central 20 A (IIRC) fuse in the next lab, somehow bypassing our own 16 A (IIRC) fuse. (Turned out we had an unbalanced 3-phase installation.)

Trying to repair an ion gauge live to save a day before a conference paper, wasted 3 weeks and a couple of bucks waiting for a specially build transformer replacing the antique burned one.

But at least I didn't propel myself halfway through the lab as my fellow grad student. He didn't know an oscilloscope casing will typically float with the instrument - guess he slept during that class. (Floating ground enables measuring small voltages on top of a large voltage bias.) So he shocked himself with a couple of kV when checking out his new experiment. But luckily not much current, or I wouldn't have the inclination to tell his story.

Just another day in a grad students lab life.

Anonymous said...

Everyone loves a good accident-in-the-lab story, but please be careful with the HIV! I’m told that stuff’s dangerous.

Hermagoras said...

PNAS? Very cool. Congratulations.

Pointless aside: As a science writing teacher, I like the range of styles PNAS allows. There are some real personalities among that elite.

J-Dog said...

Congratulations! You have already done more science than ALL teh ID sciencey types added together.

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