Thursday, March 22, 2007

In Big Bold Letters

Those of you out there who have published scientific papers, have you ever seen this?

By 'this,' I mean a big red stamp on a returned manuscript alerting the expectant scientist that his or her paper has passed muster in the peer review process. Wouldn't it be great if we had such hard evidence of personal success? These days, notice of acceptance arrives by email.

This is an ad from Qiagen. They are a company that produces all kinds of kits to purify DNA and RNA.

Look at the woman in the ad showing her colleague the outcome of her clearly successful experiment. The accepted figure is a nice sigmoidal curve, but does anyone actually publish QPCR cycle data? Usually those graphs have to be analyzed, and boiled down into a couple of numbers.

Anyway, I thought this was funny. Maybe some of you out there appreciate this, too.

Friday, March 16, 2007


Hey there.

I've been super busy in the lab these last two weeks, so have not been able to post. I hope to be back soon. I miss the blog, but I'm guessing not many people miss it ; )