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Scifubar-the winner

Posted by rpg on 22 March, 2010

Ever blown up the lab with dry ice? Run protein into blotting buffer or DNA into TBE? Have no fear, just about every practicing scientist in the world has done something equally daft.

But for a mistake that possibly, just possibly, says more about the supervisor than the victim, here’s a tweet from Alejandro Montenegro:

Undergrad said he couldn’t “paint” the black lines on the autoclave tape as good as his supervisor (he even bought a black marker)

For making me guffaw on a Monday morning, and bringing back a slightly uncomfortable memory of being new in a lab and wondering just what the hell was going on, Alejandro wins #scifubar! (And if you don’t know it already, check out his blog, ‘Molbio Research Highlights‘.)

Alejandro, drop me a line with your address and I’ll make sure a coveted bag of F1000 swag very shortly wings its way to Chile.


5 Responses to “Scifubar-the winner”

  1. Bob O'H said


    oh dear. I hope someone bought him a stencil.

  2. whiffen said

    We were amazed at how much we could neglect our HL60 leukemic cell line and it keeps on ticking… my colleagues decided to replace the 10% fetal calf serum w his own urine (mid stream, of course !). The cells grew even better.

  3. kyrsten said

    whiffen, that’s brilliant. How in the world does someone come up with that as an idea?

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