On a much more personal note, I did end up hearing back about the manuscript- on Christmas Eve, in fact!
I still need to catch up with my supervisor about the revisions and rebuttals (i.e. how to deal with all the comments/feedback we got), but it’s looking like it’ll require some more experiments to tease apart some finer details of the claim we’re making in the manuscript. Aside from that, we’re aiming to just argue against the other suggestions (using some eloquent words… the best words! 😅😂).
So, that basically means I’m back in the lab. First to prepare some plasmid constructs (some DNA), then plonk said construct in my mutant bacteria (force the bacteria to incorporate the piece of DNA within the cell), then do some experiments using said strains. Obviously n = 3, so I’ll need to repeat the experiment a minimum of three times so that I can do statistical analysis on it. Hopefully no more, because these particular experiments are a pain to do. 😅
Did I mention I also need to write and submit my Ph. D thesis at the same time? 🙃
I think this year is going to be quite intense…