Monthly Archives: November 2014

Inside the Dirt – Bacteriophages

By Garlyn Colas Dirt. Every day dirt that you walk by, walk on, and maybe even eat if you were that bold child who wasn’t afraid of anything. Well, dirt, you proved something to me today… that you have more … Continue reading

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The Quest for Phage

By Allen Chen When I first received an email about homework for phage lab, I thought it was funny that the very first assignment of my college career was to go dig up some dirt. I remember putting it off … Continue reading

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting…(a phage, that is)

By Madison Wahl Entering into the magical world of bacteriophages is an exciting and promising time for any young researcher.  Researchers are desperate to make their mark on the world, and finding, isolating, and taming the perfect phage can be … Continue reading

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The Grand Finale

By Rebecca Comacho It has been quite an adventure this semester with Phage Hunting and I am sad to say that it is almost over. I must admit that, like my other fellow phage hunters, there was many a time … Continue reading

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Gone Streaking!

By Ernest Ekunseitan Phage Hunting this semester has been a roller coaster. It’s had its ups, downs, and everything in between. The most tedious part of phage hunting to this point was the constant streaking. By streaking, I don’t mean … Continue reading

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The Trials and Tribulations of Phage Lab

By Myles Wood Whenever I first walked into the lab, I didn’t know what to expect. Having no prior lab experience, my expectations were low, and my esteem lower. (Having an awesome lab partner is key, I would soon learn.) … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments of Phage Hunting

By Miguel Tusa Mistakes are a part of life in the lab, but at what point must we draw the line and say, “Alright, you really screwed up this time.” The answer to this might surprise you, because indeed there … Continue reading

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DNA Prep and Electron Microsopy

By Jinny Huang Phage hunting is by far the most interesting class I have this semester.  It requires hands-on work rather than sitting in a small classroom or huge lecture hall for an hour trying not to fall asleep.  It … Continue reading

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Raising the Minimum Phage

By Michael Shang Ah, Phage Hunting. That two and a half hour class/lab, filled with CiDecon art, rushing to snag Top Agar before it runs out, flagging down Dr. Schildbach and the TAs before someone else gets to them, and gathering … Continue reading

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Cute…?

By Jane Miglo Ever since I dug up my dirt sample with a plastic spoon from the FFC, I’ve been contemplating various names for my virus. Due to my obsession with House of Cards and the persistent image in my … Continue reading

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