Well, friends, it's time for another post. It's been a while.
Today I am in the lab without much to do. Not that I'm lazy. It's the nature of my work that sometimes stuff slows way down. In order to start some new experiments I need to do, I have to grow up new bacteria. They are currently in storage at -80 degrees Celsius. That's cold, in case you didn't know. Before I can use them, I have to grow them for a day on solid media (think of bacteria growing on top of a petri dish full of Jello), then a second day in liquid media (think of bacteria growing suspended in salty Gatorade). Then I get to start my experiments.
So, to try and make the best use of my time, I decided to write a Java program for one of my lab mates. I'm really proud of it. I won't go into the biological details of why I wrote it (unless somebody wants me to), but what it does (for Sam and anybody else who would understand this) is digest two proteins to peptides and output an excel file of all possible pairwise combinations of those peptides and the mass of the two peptides together. It sounds so simple when I can type it in a single sentence, but I promise, it was harder than it sounds.
Anyway, it's been fun. Lance just passed his prelim, so it's time to go congratulate him.