My whole day has been a flurry of smoothies, lemonade, and passionfruit ice tea. It's the first time I've appreciated the cool concrete walls of basement living, and the first time I've had to use a fan to circulate the humid air.
I brought yoga pants to lab this morning, so I could easily slip them on over my shorts. We worked on mapping and photographing the effects of different restriction enzymes today. While I had run gel electrophoresis experiments many times in AP Bio, it was nice to get back in practice for our bigger lab tomorrow on mapping methylation.
This time I was also dealing with much smaller amounts of reagents, so careful micro-pipetting was crucial. I'd never used a fluorescent tagger before in my previous gels, which had been just dye, so seeing the UV light flicker on and the bands of sliced DNA set aglow was awesome!
|My fluorescent gel run of 3 different restriction enzymes and|
one control with water on the far left. I named it Angelica.
Like I've mentioned, it's a completely different experience working in a classroom where everyone eagerly wants to be there- not just because they have to be. The subject matter is just as much their passion as mine. In eleven years of schooling, this is the first time I've enjoyed such a learning environment, and I'm going to bask in it as long as I can.