RETRACTIONS

My last post was actually written on Thursday 4/18 but I didn't have a chance to post it right away. Still, I wanted it to be posted so I could point out the amazing coincidence and chance of this universe.

First off, I'd like to note that I knew I'd be having a busy weekend so I took some extra days off so I wouldn't be dying at work every night.

// side note //
I think I've been feeling guilty about have so many days off in a row because I've been having dreams about work. Dreams about blood banking in particular. Apparently I can type and screen and cross match in my sleep, and also do the right paper work for it, haha! I remember thinking "don't forget to ARC type this unit and put the sticker on"! What a waste if days off if I'm still dreaming I'm at work!
// end side note //

i will tell you about the rest of my awesome mini vacation next post, for now i will tell you about the ASM local meeting i attended on saturday!  i will go over my retractions in the order i posted my worries in.

  • burkholderia!  did you know it is a BSL 3 organsim (for reference, tuberculosis is BSL 2 so that means BSL 3 is something even worse than that)!  besides messing up the mice, i had the thought of BSL 3 in the back of my mind but wasn't too worried since we are working with antibody and not antigen.  still, the idea was in the back of my mind.  at the meeting, i met the people we are making the antibodies for.  in fact, i saw their presentation on the particular strain and learned it is specially modified to be safe for BSL 2!  it is approved by CDC and has documentation so i feel better about the whole thing.  i feel like meeting these people, who are just like people in my lab, make them more trustworthy. :)  ahhh, the soothing power of social interaction. nice work by the researchers of UH!
    // side note //
    my invasion research could benefit from some of their work too, i'm hoping for a collaboration in the future so people can visualize- with photos and videos- campy invading host cells. :D  how cool is that!
    // end side note //
    also, my fears of the fusion work are dissipating.  i got the updated protocol and it's all coming back to me now... aseptic dissection and then some centrifuging, counting cells, and pipetting- all things i do on a daily basis at my real job- are going to be simple enough to do.
  • taq project results!  phase one complete... and only a partial failure.  my competent cells didn't grow... but i have some back ups in the freezer, no big deal.  my plasmid helper grew, yey. my other organism... ??? need to pcr that shit.
  • flu season is coming to an end!  i didn't mention that i've been seeing a lot of type B flu because i didn't know the implications of it.  at the ASM meeting i talked to some DOH peoples and they said B usually marks the ENDING of flu season. hooray!  so, should i still be worried about type A (this is the one with all the sub types... H1N1, H7N9, etc.)?  the correct answer is when SHOULDN'T I be?!  at least it will be less prevalent when the season is over.  just keep washing your hands and you should be ok.
that's all i've got for now, next post = fun stuff i did on my 5 days off!


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HAPPY MEDICAL LABORATORY PROFESSIONALS WEEK!



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