Being another lab day, we were subject to wearing laboratory attire: long pants and closed-toe shoes in the blazing hot weather, but as soon as I entered the air-conditioned Bio-Med building, all of it became obsolete and I focused on the day ahead of me. As I mentioned yesterday, today in the lab we worked with restriction enzymes and gel electrophoresis. Restriction enzymes recognize and cut specific areas of DNA. Basically, gel electrophoresis uses an electric current to separate mixtures of the DNA, which shows up as different “bands” on the gel. This process is used in a wide range of applications, from finding damaged genes and genetic diseases to tracing paternity lines to examining tissue samples found at crime sites.
|The lab bench|
|My gel soaking up the rays|
Instead of going to the V-Dubb for lunch, Taylor, Kelly, and I decided to try the high-praised Korean BBQ truck that we’ve passed by so many times, and it turned out to be delicious. After finishing, we settled down in the second floor of the bookstore and strapped ourselves in for the next four hours in order to get homework done and study. Overall, it was productive and worked out well, and the time flew by--I even managed to get a short nap in before it was time to go for dinner. I think that I probably wouldn’t have been able to work as efficiently on my own.
|Korean Beef Galbi and Kimchi Dumplings|
I topped off the evening by heading down to Salomon Hall with my floormate, Aaron and his friends to watch the NBA finals game on the big screen (we have no TV in any of our dorms). Although I don’t follow basketball much, the charged and energetic atmosphere coming from crowds of people made for an exciting and entertaining evening.