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I actually do some work…

Lookit! I’m in The Advertiser today with my poo transplant article. To celebrate my continuing fame (and to convince people who are visiting because of the paper that this blog isn’t completely dead), I’m actually going to put up a post.

This week, I’m putting up a new banner containing work that I’ve actually done in the lab.

 

Pretty colours in the liver (Immunofluorescence and photo taken by Thomas Tu)

This is a picture of a slice of liver. It has pretty colours because I’ve stained particular cells with different fluorphores: the blue represents the nucleus of all the cells; the red is the hepatitis B virus-infected cells; and the green are the stem cells and connective tissue. What you can see is that hepatitis B virus only infects the main liver cells and not the stem cells and connective tissue.  And it’s pretty!

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The serenity of a lab

On new year’s day, I entered the lab having just been on a holiday at a beach shack. Fully refreshed and in an absolutely silent lab, I felt at peace. I needed to set up an experiment and the exciting potentiality of its results reflected the potentiality of a new year for me (hopefully the one in which I will be submitting my thesis).

Like a tea ceremony, I filled tubes with familiar reagents, each with their own personality in my mind. It didn’t matter if the results were what I wanted or not; the performance of the experiment was the most important thing at that particular time. I took a photo to represent what I was feeling at the time.

Lab-time serenity (Photo by Thomas Tu)

Anyway, happy new year! Hope it’s less crap than the last one.

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One last thing…

before I go; a fitting change to the banner to follow up that last post.

The young scientist (Picture taken by Thomas Tu)

I took this photo during the first Christmas that Dear Analgesic‘s nephew, Quincy, has experienced. I got him some giant plush fleas from GiantMicrobes.com in hopes of turning him into an early scientist. I don’t think he was as greatly enthusiastic about them as other toys or even the wrapping. Oh well…

 

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Winding down….

As James has said, I’ll be winding down posts because of my PhD work. I’ll be putting up maybe 2 posts a month rather than 2 posts a fortnight. As always, I’ll be accepting guest posts. So if any of you have the inclination to write a vaguely diseasey post for me, that would be welcomed happily.

However, as just a way of keeping the site at a basal level of life, I’ll be replacing the banner every so often as well. This week’s is a photo of the lab where I spend many an hour.

The lab (Picture taken by Thomas Tu)

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