Monday, May 03, 2010

Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?

Emily and Laura's bay got a little more crowded this winter with the addition of a visiting undergrad from Peru. Victor Torres gave up his sunny summer vacation in America del Sud for in stint in the chilly northern hemisphere.

While here, Victor helped Emily with one of her side projects in the lab: genetically engineering yeast to produce Alpaca fiber.

"I've been working on this for over a year with no results," Emily said, "But Victor's been able to do in two months what the Scientific Funding Agencies said was impossible!"

He was so successful, that the yeast even started to look like mini-Alpacas. As parting gifts, Victor graced Susan and Emily with Alpaca-made tokens.

We'll miss you, Victor!