Debbie Knight

A Day in the Life: August 30, 2012

In A Day in the Life, research log on August 30, 2012 at 9:30 am

From time to time, I will give a glimpse into the “glamorous” life of a research associate and talk about what I’m doing in the lab. These entries I will call “A Day in the Life…” 

We have a film processor in our lab. We use it to develop plastic films that have been exposed to small amounts of light produced by a chemical reaction to help us look at proteins in our samples.

The film processor uses three solutions: a developer, a fixer, and water.

Usually our developer and fixer solutions are delivered by our service guy in a carboy.

However, we ran out of developer and they shipped us a bunch of smaller bottles. I thought it was a little weird that there were two different sized bottles in the box. It wasn’t until I read the directions on the back of one of those bottles that I realized that some assembly was required.

This was a first for me!

One bottle of solution “A” and one of “B” and an equal amount of water.

Sounds easy enough.

And it was pretty easy, but I think I prefer the service guy bringing it already made. Less time, less mess.

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  1. Was it cheaper this time around due to you having to assemble it? Call up that sales rep and negotiate a discount. 🙂

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