One chilly autumn evening two years ago, I was sitting in a college dorm room with a friend who was stoned out of his gourd, and blew his mind by talking to him about sperm. Continue reading “Game of Cojones: The microscopic drama of sperm”
Being part of a Berkeley CRISPR lab can sometimes be daunting, especially because of how quickly the field is moving forward. But on most of the time I consider myself lucky. One of those times was this past August, when I attended CRISPRcon.
Some cool science that was published this week: using quantum dots to hunt cancer, plants that can sniff out predators, and how gut bacteria could let you live longer!
A few days ago, I met a friend for a beer, and he asked me (as politely as possible) what scientists actually do on an average day. Ask and you shall receive! In a series called Day in the Life, we and our peers will share what we do to fill our time. Find them compiled here.
Here’s what I did today:
This is the first in a series of posts describing techniques that scientists use regularly. Find more under the “Tools and Techniques” tab above.
Tools and Techniques: FACS (Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting)
It’s 9am, and I am getting ready to play with lasers. (Yeah, occasionally I have to pinch myself as a reminder that this is a real-life job). Continue reading “How do biologists take a cellular census? Lasers.”
We’re three Ph.D. students who have given over our twenties to biology research, and we’re starting this project to share our love of science with you! Ph.D. students (alongside postdocs) do the grunt work of science. Each day we try to learn something new about the world. Science research is rarely as glamorous as it appears in popular media, but it’s also rarely endless, dull toiling. Instead, it’s a bit of both! We love the job, and want to share what it looks like.