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What Doesn’t Kill Y̶o̶u̶ Smeg Makes You Stronger

One of the first things Dr. Fisher told us on the first day of Phage Hunting was that this class would not be a typical one. She warned us that we would have to get used to having people at … Continue reading

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Success is not a straight path

Throughout the semester of Phage Hunting this has become my motto that I have sticked to the entire time. Since the beginning, I have failed to even obtain evidence for the presence of phages. I was stuck like this for … Continue reading

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Practice Makes Perfect

I expected the first day of phage hunting to be a syllabus day, much like the first day of every other class had been. And it was–at first. The first hour or so of class was spent going over the … Continue reading

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Third Time Isn’t Always the Charm

Why is my lysate so much more yellow than everyone else’s? Pretending to not panic, I casually checked out all of the other lysates in the rack. They were mostly clear, some with a faint yellow. Yet, there mine was, … Continue reading

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Phage Hunting: Big Wins, Big Losses

Being a phage hunter for two months now, I’ve come to realize that success does not come without failures, trials, and mistakes. That’s exactly what I felt as I searched hours on end for plaques in hopes of someday yielding … Continue reading

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There Are Plenty of Other Phages in Baltimore

“There are plenty of other fish in the sea,” applies to many situations, sharing optimism with someone feeling lost and hopeless. We know it to be true: there have to be other fish out there, since you have a whole … Continue reading

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What phage hunting has taught me about life

–Wendy Xie “This is too cool! It looks exactly like the phage picture in my middle school biology textbook!” This was the first reaction after I saw my phages under the electronic microscopy with my own eyes. With all the … Continue reading

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