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Motivation for future scientist wanna-bes


Arnold Young, (aka the Ph.Diddy) is a biotech Ph.D candidate. Arnold was an A+ student, and is now ready to take over the world of science! He soon discovers how life in the lab is filled with drive and devotion, frustrations and fulfillment, hard work, late hours, repeated experiments, peer review and a strive for respect and recognition. How will the ups and downs of life in the lab shape our Ph.Diddy on his journey to have his first scientific paper published?

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I was the black belt of my class, marked out as an achiever. First day on the job, enter the gene-weaver.
My future colleagues look up from the PCR machine, checking me out man. The Ph.Diddy’s on the scene.
So I claim my pipette and pimp it up to halt the theivin’. Get the thermocycler going, my samples cool chilling.
Yeah, I shoot my tips like I’ve been here all my life. Wait for instrument time with my free pizza slice.
I run my first Western blot. Man, this lab scene is easy. But wait up, hold a minute. I’m feeling kinda queasy.
Is that Trizol I can smell? Oh, my head’s in a spin! ‘ve gone and dropped my freakin’ sample in the biohaz bin.

He’s a super fly grad. Life plans to shape the future, that’s right!
Sees his name in lights and a centre spread in Nature. All right!

I’m always splitting cells, always working late. I’ve cleared the biohazard bin so much I herniate.
Got samples botched, samples lost, samples dropped on the floor. Messy benches, empty buffers, lab politics galore.
My PI’s buggin’. Man he sounds like my father. Western blot once again, but development shows nada.
I’m doin’ my time in the cell culture hood – at the weekend bro. It’s the only time I could!
Then suddenly my data is starting to make sense. Even Western blot bands start to make an appearance.
So I repeat once again all the steps I need to follow. But every culture well… turned yellow.

He’s a super fly grad. Life plans to shape the future, that’s right!
Sees his name in lights and a centre spread in Nature. All right!
I’m talkin’ ’bout the ooh, ooh…

Serum and media get swiped with no apology. And all my cells are showing abnormal morphology.
So now my PI’s freaking, “Find something you can prove!” But contamination aggravation knocks me off my groove.
So I stay late once again as the lab detainee. Yeah, its 9 pm but the thermocycler’s free
I don’t understand! What’s happened now? That’s it. Yeah, time to give up. I’m throwing in the towel.

Ooh, ooh, supergrad. I’m talkin’ ’bout the ooh, ooh… Super bad lab grad, yeah!
Ooh, ooh, supergrad. I’m talkin’ ’bout the ooh, ooh… Super bad lab grad, yeah!

My transfection worked – confirmed with Pol II chIP – mutagenesis determined the TF targeted.
I’m not going down! I can still do BioChem! My genes will express, I’m gonna beat it out of them.
And yeah, I must have results that no one can undress. And quickly move my paper from in prep to in press.
I’m finally finished writing the discussion, whilst my PI once again, “tweaks” my introduction.
So, here we go, yo. Here’s the scenario: Peer review’s due to hit. When exactly? I don’t know.
My paper will be published. My research is legit. OK it’s not quite Nature but, I think I nailed it!

He’s a super fly grad. Life plans to shape the future, that’s right!
Sees his name in lights and a centre spread in Nature. All right!
He’s a super fly grad. Life plans to shape the future, that’s right!
Sees his name in lights and a centre spread in Nature. All right!
Ooh, ooh, supergrad. I’m talkin’ ’bout the ooh, ooh… Super bad lab grad, yeah!

“Friends With Benefits” the film & relationships

Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake as Jamie and Dylan in this film really highlights the requirements for a successful relationship. Two people initially started off as friends, who speak the same language and care for each other lead to a happy ending. Of course it is typical for a film to have a happy ending and for songs such as ‘Lucky’ by Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat to bring us much hope in a perfect relationship, but I’m as ‘damaged’ as the lead female character in that I am working on self-improvement to realise my hopes and dreams of meeting that special ‘Prince charming’.

Having said that, my personal interpretation of this ‘Prince Charming’ is far from what is portrayed by fairy tales. He will be someone who I want to spend the rest of my life with- a best friend, a lover and partner. We need to have mutual understandings and be able to stand on our own feet yet helpful to each other, it would be nice to be able to criticize someone and to be criticized without feeling guilty about it- where words will not be used against the person who spoke them…

In the modern society, we will probably spend less time with our partners in comparison with time spent at work with colleagues… Unless you are living with a colleague. I’m not sure whether being with someone who you work with is a good idea, but I can see many examples of that happening with people around me. Especially teachers. Not quite sure about other such partnerships though, for example politicians: because they may have strong, different beliefs and opinions on important matters… Perhaps it will be a perfect match that will lead to a long lasting matrimony if two people ‘need’ each other. In the film ‘Dylan’ joking said that ‘Jamie’ was emotionally needy when she asked him to reassure her something. Being a realist, the type of need I mean is that something productive will come out from the relationship. However, maybe there is a type of match made in heave and perfect love that doesn’t involve all that nonsense. Yet personally, I think it will be an interesting and fun-filled relationship if two people are ‘best-friends’, ‘partners’, and lovers ultimately.

Marriage however should not seclude other people from your lives, although after having children I’m sure there will be little time to socialize at all. There are so many dilemmas in life, yet I think there is nothing as hard as to be a highly successful career driven woman who is thinking of starting a family. It is not easy to understand bonding between children and parents and the psychology of children as a result- is maternal care essential in the early stages of a child’s life for them to learn about unconditional love and compassion? Or does it not matter and they will be just as well off being looked after by grandparents and even nannies. Furthermore, with advances in technology, it has become possible to have surrogate mothers- what about the blood flow etc, etc? This calls for more research…

Apart from the theme of love and relationship, I have also learnt a great deal from this one quote by Dylan’s colleague Tommy:‘ Oh! Right! Right! Like that’s how Warren Buffett got rich. He took doors off of things! Hey, everybody wants a short cut in life. My guide-book is very simple. You wanna lose weight? Stop eating, fatty! You wanna make money? Work your ass off, lazy! You wanna be happy? Find someone you like and never let him go. Or her if you’re into that kinda of…creepy shit.’

A lot of respect for Tommy for being proud of who he is and living the life. I have come across numerous people of different sexual orientation and learnt not to judge them on that as I have in the past. People are diverse and if that makes them happy then be it. Some might say it’s a waste of good seed though!

This is so poignant and inspiring:

Conclusion: Eat less, do more and hang on to what you love

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