Greetings, Earthlings: just emerging from my self-imposed laboratory exile for a quick update. I do still exist, and my radio silence can be explained by the fact that I’m in the home stretch of my resubmission. For those of you who’ve lost the plot, I’m referring to my big screen paper, which I sent to an excellent cell biology journal some time ago. After three largely positive referees, and a heart-warmingly encouraging editorial letter about returning paper with just One More Experiment appended, I am almost at the end.
As explained previously, just to cover my bases, the Experiment soon morphed into several, a Gold Standard and a few Backups. Much to my bewilderment, the Experiments, both Gold and otherwise, have exceeded my expectations and are, quite frankly, eating out of my hand. I’m currently in the process of doing the final Gold replicate, putting the finishing touches to the manuscript, and supervising a lovely summer student who fell onto my head at probably the worst possible time, but – what the heck. She’s smart and enthusiastic and has managed to master the art of opening a 15 mL Falcon tube with a finger and thumb and yet somehow managing to keep the cap a safe distance away from the tube neck during extreme tissue culture. Who could ask for more?
In sum, this is not going to be the insightful blog post of your dreams. Instead, I leave you with the following tantalizing picture as a place-holder – one of the images from one of my backup experiments, expressing a construct I received recently.
Isn’t she a beaut?