Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Art or Science?

Ooops, looks like its nearly two months without a blog post. Probably my longest dry spell. It's been a little crazy busy here. I've been meaning to post these images for a while. These are the colourful output of my Molecular Biology and Genomics class. In our qRT-PCR prac, we sent the students outside to collect random plant samples, then they got to snap freeze their samples in liquid nitrogen and ground them to a paste with a mortar and pestle, so they could then isolate RNA from the plant cells. As some of you may be aware, I have a history of playing with liquid nitrogen.

Collection of spices? Powdered Dyes? Nope- try plant tissues frozen in liquid nitrogen and ground to a homogenous paste