02 August 2007


DNA sequencer: $100,000.

Electron microscope: Tens of thousands of dollars.

Floor centrifuge: Tens of thousands of dollars.

The feeling you get when all of them break in the space of a week or so: Priceless.

I swear, this place was built on an ancient Indian burial ground. Sometimes I think a curse is the only explanation.

One of my students has been working for over a month to get DNA samples ready to sequence, and came in this morning only to learn the sequence broke Wednesday night.

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