Scientist as trucker

Scientist as trucker

Last Wednesday, I drove to Manhattan to pick up an Illumina GAIIx gene sequencing machine (Fig. 1). Arguably, I have never written a sentence less probable. I hardly sequence DNA by the kilo-base, let alone by the giga-base, and driving…

A star in my roots

A star in my roots

Did someone bash me upside the head? I was seeing stars…

Getting maize ready for its close-up

Getting maize ready for its close-up

Posting, at last (!) after a few weeks because I wearied of writing about impediments to lab-work. But this past week, I lab-worked. On Monday, I set up maize seed for germination, in the handy rig with the hands. On…

Gristlessness

Gristlessness

Treading water mainly

Time course, round 1

Time course, round 1

Lots of graphs! An experiment that is more than fiddling with the system. Actual data!

Dosed!

Dosed!

The debut of fat roots.

Outlaw of averages

Outlaw of averages

In which irregularity behind an average is unmasked.

Agar shelf holding up

Agar shelf holding up

A brief comment about repetition.

Submergence in agar

Submergence in agar

Where a successful experimental system dawns…

Drip drip drip

Drip drip drip

In which the slow and careful progress of trial and error drips and drips.