By Samantha Lott
“You should just pick one.”
That is what one of the amazing Phage Lab volunteers told me in reference to my two phages. I needed to abandon one of my little ones. Whom should I shelf? The general thought is that you should disown the “problem child,” the one that needs to be T-streaked and given extra hugs in the morning. So there I was, with my cloudy plaque plates and my small clear plaque plates, ready to vote one them off of the island. I am sorry cloudy, but your brother is much less high maintenance.
After saying goodbye to the cloudy plaques, I had to officially name the chosen child. To help inspire me, I examined the general characteristics of my phage; it produced pipette tip sized clear plaques that space nicely and evenly apart when diluted past 10-3. I first thought of my phage’s characteristics as empty plates or glass circles, and the glass idea had potential. From my great love of Disney, I decided to name my phage GlassSlipper. I chose that name because my plaques are transparent, and there is always a chance that the plaques might disappear due to contamination. If this were to occur, I am sure it would always happen at midnight. I know that others in my class accounted for general behavior of their phages when they named them, and I have been very lucky with my phage. He is quite reliable and calm like an inanimate object; therefore, his name is appropriate.
So I say, “Choose with confidence, and name your new child with pride. “