A great example of ‘fun’
I wrote the other day about the idea of fun being a motivating factor to taking up open notebook science. Sometimes something is just cool and you want to share it. Then along comes a great example.
Via petermr’s blog:
At ‘Life of a Lab Rat‘:
This has got to be in the running for the coolest cloning experiment ever.
Last Tuesday a grad student in the reciprocal space cadet lab, let’s call him Fu Manchu, asked me if I had any GFP. ‘GFP’ expands to ‘green fluorescent protein’……
As petermr says this is just very cool. The molecular biology is fairly conventional. But that’s not the point. The point is that Black Knight did a fun experiment and felt it was worth sharing with the world. We might argue that there isn’t enough methodological detail to tell us exactly what was done here but that’s a minor quibble. The important thing is that it was fun and its out there!
Incidentally, I am writing this in the lab while waiting for PCR primers to melt so I can set up some PCR reactions (here if you want to look – though you may not be able to access this at the moment, still need to get this one to public access). I am beginning to think that one of the main issues of open notebook science for biochemistry/molecular biology may be the difficulty in using a track pad with nitrile gloves on!