Contamination

Dirty word, contamination.  But sure enough, my tissue culture cells – all the cell lines I started making in January – wound up with bacterial contamination.  Ugh.  What looked intially like cell debris was on closer examination tiny little bacteria, that made my cells trypsinize and move off their plates.

Five years, no contamination…I started doing tissue culture in June 2003.  It’s been a loooooong time, so I guess I had it coming, but it’s still kind of depressing.

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About Kristy Lamb

I recently finished my PhD in genetics at Yale and am currently a postdoc at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University in NYC. I love science, people, and the fiber arts. We'll call it my muse. I taught myself to knit over Christmas break in 2002, when I was home from my sophomore year in college and was terribly bored. Despite starting with three big mistakes (very long aluminum needles, a very bad Coats & Clark how to knit book, and Lion Brand Homespun), I kept at knitting, even after that first 1/2 hour trying to tie a slipknot. Science...seems to be much the same process as the above.
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One Response to Contamination

  1. brandileigh2003 says:

    Aww- girl I am so sorry!

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