June 4, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog


5 min read

Today I’m posting about pet peeves in the science lab. This is an update to and expansion of a post from many years ago. Who doesn’t have some lab pet peeves? And, yeah, we are all probably guilty at one time or another of driving other people a bit nuts with our own idiosyncrasies that are their pet peeves. This post is another in my “Elephant in the Lab” series about difficult, but important science topics. We need to discuss these, but they are often uncomfortable so …Read More

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Time for some science humor. For past attempts at humor on this blog see here. Today, I’m asking: if science was more like sports such as football, soccer, basketball, etc., what penalties and fouls would us scientists get? Here is a humorous look at the things we mess up in small or mondo ways as we do our science, and how we would be penalized in a humor alternate universe. In some cases, I also have included my own reactions and indicated whether I’m …Read More

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Flying out of Portland Airport yesterday, I saw these magazines side by side: Trump and genetic modification of humans. Hmmm. That’s a humorous juxtaposition and the two covers are oddly similar in design. It go me thinking… Could using germline human genetic modification be a wise thing to do in some cases? After all, humanity in many ways has serious flaws. Could we try to make Homo sapiens a better species via, for instance, CRISPR’ing embryos for “better” traits and removing possibly negative traits? …Read More

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The day after Easter and thoughts might turn to all those chocolate bunnies, eggs, etc…..leading to a question. Could a person die from chocolate? What is the amount of chocolate your or I would have to eat in order to die? Could we even get close on a holiday like Halloween or Easter? It seems like many people eat a lot of chocolate (pic from DailyMail of largest chocolate bar). Of course we all know that certain animals like dogs and cats are much more …Read More

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The idiom “you’ve got rocks in your head” means that you are stupid. What if I told you that you really do have rocks in your head and so do I. In fact we all have rocks in our head. Really. You’ve probably heard of or even had kidneystones or gallstones, but rocks in our head? One of the benefits of teaching histology in medical school is that you learn all sorts of interesting things including about rocks in our heads. Ear rocks in …Read More