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Danger and Politics

Two pieces of lab equipment I never wanted to use due to their inherent danger (because I fear high pressure and high speed moving parts) are the French Press and the Ultracentifuge. I fear them, and yet I was forced to use them today. One of which caused me to be once more mired in the politics of the lab. Stupid politics, which I fear more than the dangerous high pressure and whirling rotors of doom.

I got in trouble. I have to work late. I really crave cheesecake, but my determination is getting in the way.

Day two of the "food-plan" is proving to be difficult. But fortunately I found some low fat feta cheese yesterday which doesn't taste too awful, so I think I can survive another evening. Until Jye starts hoeing into the snacks. Sigh.

I am very tired. Too much ADSL-fueled erotica searching for me. Remember, I'm not being pervey, I'm a collector.


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Aug. 14th, 2003 04:12 pm (UTC)
French press - French Pressure Cell Press. Basically, it squashes bacteria under so much pressure and through such a small hole that they pop, causing their insides to squirt out. If you then do ultracentrifugation followed by sarcosil treatment, you can dissolve up the inner membrane proteins to be left with only the outer membrane proteins. At least, that's the theory...
Aug. 16th, 2003 07:04 am (UTC)
It maybe scary, but Ultracentrifuge is the coolest-sounding name for a piece of machinery *ever*.
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