Have to say
I’m loving the variety offered by the specialism I chose to do as part of my MSc.
I went for cardiovascular sciences as I’m working on a genetic blood clotting disorder for my project and, frankly, I’m decent with genetics but I’ve never really done much on blood or the cardiovascular system.
So far in 3 weeks I’ve
- seeded, cultured and transfected (genetically modified) a human cancer cell line (HeLa cells)
- used fluorescence microscopy to check that experiment worked
- produced a conference style poster on the experiment
- presented the poster conference-style and got grilled in the Q&A by two professors in the field, as well as a senior lecturer!
- had problem solving classes
- visited an animal (mouse and rat - too cute!) research facility to learn about in vivo (vivisection) experiments, see how the animals are kept and understand how tightly it is regulated in the UK and how they make it as humane as possible.
Next week, we’re scheduled in for
- visiting aquaria and seeing Zebrafish
- going into theatre to see a heart operation (probably balloon angioplasty and stent implantation)
And our assignment is more awesome than usual - have to write a magazine article rather than an essay :)