Thursday, March 20, 2008

What happens when I garden:

Ouch. I woke up several times during the night because it's so itchy/burny. (That was only 30 minutes of gardening, too!)

I did a test run of the new magic cloning kit yesterday. If it works the screen will be ridiculously easy. Also 3 out of the 4 finals are over! This quarter (or at least the last two weeks of it) has been really dreadful.

Monday, March 10, 2008

I think my newest culinary obsession is kumquats. My PI made cheesecake with kumquat curd last week, and today we picked some from his tree. So now I have ~3 cups to play around with. I candied some and I think I'll try the fish recipe here.

My transformed cells are doing well. The only problem is that the control cells are also doing, well, splendidly. The possibilities at the moment are (1) the selection antibiotics are bad, (2) the control cells are not actually wildtype (will check this out Wenesday), or (3) lab voodoo. My money is on (3). (1) seems unlikely (the antibiotics seemed okay two days prior?), and (2) would mean that everything from that batch is garbage.