I've been getting a lot more attention on Instagram recently, especially with a video of me using a multichannel pipette for some gene expression analysis. The qPCR assay is incredibly sensitive to basically everything, including the DNA destroying enzymes present all over our fingers, hands, and bodies. A few people have asked me why I… Continue reading Disabled&STEM: lab life adjustments
*Re-printed with permission from TheGIST: Glasgow's Insight into Science and Technology, originally published on 18th August 2017* Have you ever thought about the journey that your food makes on its way to your plate? Lettuce rationing is just the tip of the iceberg, as of the 2nd February 2017, supermarkets UK-wide started limiting bulk-buys of… Continue reading Where’s the lettuce? Food, Brexit, & Climate Change
I'd never considered myself to be disabled until the last few years. I grew up as an Irish dancer, cross-country runner, climber of trees & rider of bikes. Slowly but surely, my ankles started turning purple, then they stopped moving properly. Then my knees hurt, all the time. Then a weird cracking in my neck… Continue reading Disabled & STEM: Reality checking
I've started up an instagram account for my blog, documenting day-to-day life in the lab, click here to follow! Or, you can find my profile on the right hand side of this site, under the live Twitter feed. I've been so busy finalising my Masters by Research thesis, I've really let my blog post content… Continue reading TheRadicalBotanical on Instagram!
A very quick post today! Here's an image of an Arabidopsis primary root, showing the plasma membrane of the cells in red (if you aren't sure who or what Arabidopsis is, check my last post, here). The green signal is GFP, or green-fluorescent protein. GFP was isolated from jellyfish Aquorea victoria, and fluoresces (glows) bright green under the right conditions. This… Continue reading Imagining Imaging