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teaching students to load protein gels. And this is about the best of the bunch. And the future of British science is in their hands. Oh boy
28th Oct 2006, 21:45   | tags:

JokerXL says:

Looks just fine to me FF, good job!
(what's a protein gel)

28th Oct 2006, 22:07

spongevid says:

that looks more interesting compared to the stuff we have to do in labs just now.

28th Oct 2006, 22:09

Twiglet says:

Hurrah for protein gels........??

28th Oct 2006, 22:38

FilbertFox says:

Joker - its a gel, that you load a protein sample in, stick an electric current through it to separate them according to size.Simple really.

Spongevid - what do you do in labs?

28th Oct 2006, 23:00

crickson says:

I swear students are getting stupider every year.

28th Oct 2006, 23:33

JokerXL says:

"separate proteins according to size......."
And why would you want to do that?
Are the bigger ones juicier?
Nothing wrong with small proteins, that's what I say!
Let's hear it for the little guy!

29th Oct 2006, 07:20

FilbertFox says:

Joker we do it because we can!

Crickson - i don't think thats correct. I remember my first job ever and the undergrads were stuoid then.And that was a long long long time ago

29th Oct 2006, 08:00

ouch says:

There was I thinking that the future of British science was in Mumbai...

29th Oct 2006, 09:20

FilbertFox says:

thats call centres aint it? The future of British science is in america/canada/down the drain.

29th Oct 2006, 09:22

JokerXL says:

Good 'nuff. Carry on.

29th Oct 2006, 09:22

FilbertFox says:


29th Oct 2006, 09:23

ouch says:

Lots of pharmaceuticals happening in Mumbai

29th Oct 2006, 09:30

ouch says:

Anyway, at this time of year undergrads still have money and will have been spilling out of the Skyrack to go the lab so we shouldn't expect too much. That pub name may date me a little, it has probably been turned into bank by now.

29th Oct 2006, 09:38

spongevid says:

FF - at the moment we have physiology labs where we just poke and prod each other to see what happens to us.
and then we have just finished our microbiology labs where for 3 weeks non-stop we made streak plates and gram stained slides.

all of which we did last year anyway so its nothing new. hmpff.

29th Oct 2006, 09:48

ouch says:


29th Oct 2006, 09:51

FilbertFox says:

Spongevid- the physiology we do with our first years involves making them pedal hard on exercise bikes, an my favorite part electocuting them to test their nerve conduction velocity. I am teaching bacterial transformation, and PCR to our second years. What course and year are you?

Ouch - no its still the Skyrack, and they aren't drinking as much as last years first years.

29th Oct 2006, 10:38

Spiderbaby says:

A bit of a wiggly dye front there but at least that means they must have got some into the wells. There's still hope :)

29th Oct 2006, 12:01

FilbertFox says:

yeah but the bowing is due to 'old buffer' i am informed! you should have seen some of 'em they were dreadful

29th Oct 2006, 12:03

Spiderbaby says:

You mean you don't make fresh buffer each time??? Shocking.

29th Oct 2006, 12:18

FilbertFox says:

well i would make fresh buffer at the start of each year....but apparently we can get 2-3 years out of one batch!

29th Oct 2006, 13:45

ouch says:

I was more of a Queens Arms, Mustard Pot, Regent chap but strayed into Headingley occasionally. There was a dodgy Sam Smiths pub too but I bet that is a nail parlour now. *tugs on whippets lead*

Excellent, one conversation about arcane lab procedures and another about pubs.

All of life...

29th Oct 2006, 15:38

spongevid says:

FF - I'm in second year doing biomedical science. Need to get my bum round to find a 6 month place come Easter too. *grumnle grumnle*

29th Oct 2006, 16:53

FilbertFox says:

ah. is yours NHS approved?Ours aint.

29th Oct 2006, 17:09

spongevid says:

hmmm. I think so...I know we're accredited for the institute for biomed sci, and from what the uni site tells me the course has accreditation from the health profession council. whoever they may be.

29th Oct 2006, 17:16

FilbertFox says:

that makes it a very useful degree to have then.

my daughter is a second year student in manchester. its a great city to be a student in.

29th Oct 2006, 19:50

Ye Gods... Spiderbaby's got a point though; a dye front at least mean something is loaded.

This reminds me of the time one of my undergrad mates accidentally used 2D gel buffer instead of TBE in his DNA gels. I swear the entire gel area was covered in froth!

30th Oct 2006, 07:15

FilbertFox says:

RAB - our students are highly intelligent and capable young people. That is the mantra i keep repeating to myself. Actually this years first years are a good bunch.

30th Oct 2006, 08:45