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Uncovering Phage StrongArm: Part 3… The Final Chapter

Woah, it’s been a few months since I was last here so let me summarise what you lucky people have all missed out on. Can you believe it’s been 145 days, or 20 weeks and 5 days or 4 months … Continue reading

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What a year it has been

The year is coming to an end and it’s time to reflect. In my first blog I wrote about the resilience I needed while collecting samples. In my second blog I talked about the highs and lows of ‘bonding’ and … Continue reading

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It’s a bird, It’s a plane … Nope it’s a tRNA!

DNA annotation is the final step of successfully capturing a phage and really gets into the knitty gritty. Through the use of PECAAN [1] , Phamarator [2] and DNA master [3] software I was able to get to the bottom … Continue reading

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Beginning to understand my baby Bazzle

Luckily for you my avid followers, you get an extra blog written by me. I slept in and missed a phage hunt lab last semester and in order for it not to affect my grades this is what I had … Continue reading

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Uncovering phage StrongArm: Part 2…

Let’s see, where did I leave off? Well… If I can remember clearly and correct me if I’m wrong, I was struggling over the loss of my original phage (1) StrongArm. I must admit the first couple of weeks were … Continue reading

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A taste of parenting

Parenting. From what I have been told and read about on the subject, parenting can be good, bad, and wonderful. Although I personally have not experienced what it is like to be a parent to a human baby and probably … Continue reading

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Uncovering phage StrongArm: Part 1…

It all started out too smoothly, like a dream of some sorts which I couldn’t have imagined myself. I found my phage StrongArm from my first lot of samples. Sample 10 to be exact, where I found two plaque (1) … Continue reading

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The resilience behind phage hunting

The putrid aroma wafted through the air till it reached my senses. Not in my wildest dreams did I think that when I signed up for genetics, I would be frolicking around, elbows in decomposing matter. With my head held … Continue reading

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The side of scientific research that they don’t tell you about . . .

When you think of scientific research and discoveries, you often think of those Aha! moments in popular media like when Doc Martin comes up with the idea for the flux capacitor or when Doctor Frankenstein created his monster by harnessing … Continue reading

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Fenn the Phage

As I mentioned in my last blog, at the beginning of this semester I found a phage that infects the bacterium Mycobacterium smegmatis. My journey with my phage, who I’ve named Fern, has been interesting and filled with many unexpected … Continue reading

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