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I was trying to explain to Post-Doc that I have to use the confocal microscope to take slices of the cells I'm imaging because they are mitotic and therefore round like beach-balls, where interphase cells are relatively flat, and that various parts of the cellular structure wouldn't be in focus if I simply focused on one plane.

She suggested that I "squish the coverslip to the slide" to flatten it and get everything in one plane. And she was completely sincere about this being good advice.

I was speechless. Seriously. Squish them flat. Because that'll maintain all the 3D structure I'm trying to investigate. Really. How did she earn a Ph.D.? HOW?

Date: 2013-05-29 03:45 pm (UTC)
chemm80: (CasUrielFuckYouUp)
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Well, I seem to remember that working in Bio I lab when we looked at onion root tips...

Date: 2013-05-29 05:39 pm (UTC)
chemm80: (castiel killed a man in reno)
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Sorry, I meant that sarcastically, as if I were your post-doc. I should have been clearer. I understood completely why you were so exasperated. I should know better than to try to pull of sarcasm in typescript probably—half the time people can't tell I'm joking face to face. :D

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