The lab romance amplification

In the series “incredibly nerdy things going on in a research lab”, here is probably one from the TOP 5. I already posted before the picture of an agarose gel saying I love you.

Well, a few days ago, this one below went viral on twitter, and it is a story of a guy who literally proposed with an agarose gel.


The picture can be found here; and the whole story, how it was prepared, went, and ended is here. I just love it. Here are some excerpts :

The most difficult part of the entire thing was actually coming up with a good enough excuse to get her to image a gel in my lab!


The gel actually didn’t take that long (though it was terrifying loading it), but I made a mockup in Illustrator beforehand

Still laughing …



PI Quotes 7 – “Drosophila, these are the kind of things you fall in love with …”

This is good stuff. Since a few weeks, I am the supervisor of an undergrad. When she came to the lab; my supervisor introduced her to our work, and told her: “Drosophila …, these are the kind of things you fall in love with …” with this semi-serious/semi amused look.

I found it terribly funny and terribly true. I know quite a few people who are in love with their flies. I am in love with them also. And I have pictures of them hanging over my bench.

The most recent one if have it here :

It can be found here, and is designed by the fly jedi and brilliant scientist Pavel (Tomancak), and made by his colleague Radek . (Both can be congratulated for the beautiful picture on twitter, btw)

In the book “Fly pushing: the theory and practice of Drosophila”, by Ralph Greenspan, it is written that you cannot decently work with an animal model without connecting with it in some way. You have to love your model. And sure enough, after a few weeks, I can see that my student is totally falling for them also 🙂 They must have some kind of super-power.