My Life* translated from a DNA sequence. This Sangerism design could encode a real mini-protein - it starts with a start codon (ATG) and ends with a stop codon (TGA). Not sure what function those 6 amino acids would have though 🤔. Available in many different styles from @spreadshirt. Here it is on a women’s premium tank top.
Sometimes you just have to put all your responsibilities, pressures and deadlines aside and get drunk off your face until 5am 😂😂. Being so committed to study means I avoid big events, social outings and evenings in the city because it just takes away a whole night and most of the next day when I need to study.
So yesterday @byrnet3 and I lost epically at beer pong but made it up by watching Chelsea Football Club 🔵⚪️ win some big soccer cup thing in England at 2am in the city. Sure I stayed out till like 5am and haven’t done a single minute of study today - but I had a good time and learnt that I’m terrible at beer pong.
Also I nearly had a fatal car accident the other night as I was driving on the freeway. The cars in front of me and myself did not realise the traffic had slowed and basically I nearly crashed into the guy in front at 80kmph (who in turn nearly crashed into the car in front of him). Luckily instinct took over and I swerved into the next lane, preparing to crash into a car that might’ve been there but luckily there wasn’t one, and I managed to not lose control in the wet thanks to new tyres I got only a week ago. I’m still counting my blessings that no one hit anyone but a reminder to stay safe on the roads especially in the wet. A lot can change in the split second you check your rear view mirror and look back.
If tea is more your thing, how about this Dan’s DNA mug design with My tea* translated from the Sanger DNA sequencing chromatogram? Being an Englishman I love a good cup of tea and drink from one of these at work.
Today I graduated from Liberty University with my Master’s of Science in Biomedical Science.
How do I put into words how hard this was? God has been so abundantly faithful to me throughout this program.
I have some pictures that are beautiful, but here’s what’s not pictured:
-Begging my way into the program without all the prerequisites -Faculty telling me “well, either you’ll be successful or you’ll find out that graduate level science isn’t for you” -Leaving the residential program after the first year to work and take more undergrad science (PA school prerequisites)
-Starting back to the masters (online) when I was 7 months pregnant -Having a baby over spring break -My husband spending a full month of unpaid paternity leave taking care of me while I was trying to balance a newborn with Neuroanatomy -Downloading textbooks and diagrams to my phone so I could study during Nora’s middle of the night feedings
-Taking a neuroanatomy midterm a week after my grandmother died, while my daughter refused to take a bottle from her sweet dad and I listened to her screaming in the next room
-Learning to nurse Nora during exams because exams are long and she still wouldn’t take bottles
-Maintaining my grades while the Army changed our plans again and again
-Failing my first cell biology exam the week my Paw-paw died
-Going to Starbucks every night for weeks so that I could focus for awhile and be back in time for Nora to eat (and then go back to study more) -Doing homework in the middle of the night for a year and half -Doubting myself at every turn
Never quitting. God has been so faithful to renew my strength and surround me with family and friends to support me. To my husband, thank you for always believing in me and keeping me fed (and sane).To my family, both first family and married into family, thank you for never hesitating to support us and help us in any way we needed.
This masters isn’t the be all, end all.... but it was really, really hard. I almost quit a thousand times (and kind of did once). But I did it.
(📸: @ashley_gartner ... I uploaded screen shots of her gorgeous pics and butchered the quality, but she did an amazing job per usual 💕)
IT'S OFFICIALLY THE END OF MY BIOMED DEGREE!! 3 years sighhh, time flies. Can't wait to graduate soon! No more stress, no more all-nighters, no more breakdowns😭(For 4 months🤦🏻, then med school will be more horrible I believe😪).
My first post of 2018, mainly bc I graduated in December and left my photogenic park ranger job behind and started working in a biomedical research lab where no phones are allowed. I decided I’m not a fan of the containment lab life, so I’m starting a new adventure soon. Anyway, here’s the suit I spend most of my day in working with viruses. The picture to the left of the suit is inside one of our lab spaces. #biology#chemistry#biomedicalscience#biomed#research#science
So happy to have finally finished my last exam and officially finished my Biomedical Science degree! It’s been so hard and I’ve wanted to drop out so many times but I’m glad I didn’t and stuck it out til the end. Now comes the time for celebration 🎉 🍾🍹🍺👨🏻🎓
SJ Ep. 4 - Quality and Quantity
There's always been a debate about quality over quantity or the other way around, but with DNA, RNA and proteins, it's a matter of both. You want your product to be of a good quality and if a good quantity. Too diluted and it's hard to re-concentrate it. And too low of a quality might mean that your experiments would have problems.
Let's take for an example a plasmid DNA, like the one in the picture (DAB2), it had a strong concentration (yeah despite its unit being in nanograms per microlitre, but for our experiments, that concentration is pretty damn good). So that's the quantity, which loosely means that in 1 microlitre of the solution, we've got 1706 nanograms of the plasmid, which is a lot.
Then comes the quality aspect, which is focused on the 2 ratios of A260/280 and A260/230 and their units are in nanometer which we use to measure UV absorbance. The A260/280 ratio should be between 1.7-2.0 to indicate it is pure from other contaminants which would reduce its quality. The A260/230 ratio helps to evaluate level of salt carryover which could affect downstream experiments. Hence the lower the ratio, and the higher the value (preferably above 1.5), the better. And of course, there's the beautiful curve, which is a standard curve you'd expect to see when measuring your DNA concentration.
You can get the Dan’s DNA designs from @spreadshirt in any colour and any style. It doesn’t have to be the classic white t-shirt, although the chromatogram shows up best on lighter coloured backgrounds. How cool is this Sanger sandwich design on a grey tank top? 😎