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First day back

Our paper’s been added to the wall of lab publications. ☺️

Good news: I can still hold a pipette and open tubes with my non-dominant hand without looking.

Bad news: I brought back some fortune telling keychain charms for my lab mates. 4 out of the 6 (including myself) that checked what their luck was like today got ‘worst luck’ as their results.

Funny thing about us scientists. Over the years of having our experiments fail on us, we’ve become quite the superstitious bunch. So, while logic and reasoning is everything, we also have lucky items and such that make us feel like our experiments are going to work and life isn’t in a downward spiral.

Long story short- when a bunch of scientists hear that their day will be bad, based solely on a metal charm that spits out 5 different sticks that denote the level of luck… you, the provider of said souvenir, becomes the cursed one that makes all experiments fail. 😂😂😂

I think they’re happy I’m back. I think…

Site note:

Do you have a weird superstitious habit that gets you through your experiments? I once had my cells constantly die on me for no apparent reason, so I decided to hum lullabies to them when I would passage them into new flasks to keep them well fed and maintained. I then decided to change it up a bit and hum 80s pop, and they proceeded to die on me again. Moral of the story? Avoid using HEK293T cells. 😂

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A wet-lab based Bacteriology Ph. D student residing in Australia.

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