Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In comparison

this is what "cooking" in the lab looks like... :) this is a very old pic, still from the netherlands. (i think taken in 2007!) the purple-capped bottles contain yeast cells, from which we were purifying a protein (actually working with yeast is not that bad, it smells nice.... like bread.. ). the bad thing was that i was doing this in a room in which it was 4 degrees celsius, to protect the protein. sometimes i would sit there for an hour or so, which was not the most pleasant thing... in the right corner you see a door to the -20 room. luckily no experiments there, but sometimes we would need to go in there to search something, the advantage of that was that 4 degrees suddenly felt very pleasant.
at least when baking a cake you only get fat, not cold... ;)

4 comments:

Kay said...

I have a home workshop that isn't heated and find it nearly impossible to work there now that it's cold -- I sliced into my finger recently because my hands got so numb and stiff. I don't know how you could work like that. Commitment to noble science? Enormous salary? Heartier constitution than Americans??

biebkriebels said...

At first look, I thought a kitchen, but it is a lab. That is a freezing temperature to work in, didn't know that, interesting to see.

Dennis Ferrol said...

Nice look inside!

CaT said...

hihihihi. well, i would put on an extra cardigan and then a labcoat, but some would put gloves and a hat and a scarf etc... i never found the cold that bad, but it was always horrible if i had to work there for a while, then have lunch or so, and then had to go back, then for some reason i could not stand it anymore and i would be shivering...

and well, the salary... is not that great. here in the us its even worse than in the netherlands.. :) but other than that... its just very cool. like kids, just trying to figure something out... sort of...