Monday, July 18, 2005

Kamikaze flies

Upon opening the autoclave today, Franziska found a horsefly floating in her media.

"Is it alive?" Chewie suggests we forget about ribosome biogenesis and instead try to identify the genes responsible for its resistance to the extreme environment of the autoclave.

After taking its vital signs, Franziska pronounced it dead. Following a moment of silence, it was determined that the yeast media would only benefit from the additional nutrients.

We later determined that this was just one of thousands of flies that Sander is raising and training to act as kamikaze flies. He will soon release them in the labs of our competitors, hoping that at least one will find its way into the minimal media, thereby adding the essential nutrients that were intended to be dropped out.

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