A few things that I thought of during the PCBio meeting, when I should have been paying attention:
1) Luciferase is the protein that goes flash! in fireflies. It is named Luciferase because it was Hellish to purify and isolate. Of course, many proteins since then have also been hellish to purify and isolate, but this one came at a time when there was no protein named after the devil, so it got the name Luciferase.
2) A Luciferometer would be awesome. I don't know what it would measure, though. Luciferase assays are measured using Luminometers. Since Luciferase makes light.
3) I am so glad I am taking pictures of large things (nuclei) instead of trying to dechipher Electron Micrographs. The presenter called it "A sadistic Where's Waldo". I squinted and tried to see molecules above the static.
4) Steve only has Words of Wisdom when you don't ask for them.
5) RNA researchers validate their existence by saying that DNA and Protein are "has-beens". DNA and protein researchers do not need to put down RNA to justify their existence. Sort of like some chemists and physicists: they put down biology in order to validate their own research, while biology doesn't even care. Also sort of like the U Chicago/Northwestern rivalry that Northwestern is unaware of.
6) Courtesy of Steve: People have been saying that RNA is the place to be since I was in elementary school. If they aren't making progress in the research, it's a laziness issue, not an under-staffed issue.
And the only response to that: That's cold, Steve.
At least they are all vaguely science related.
Also, to prove that I am not alone in my wandering thought in lab, I overheard a conversation today about how to take out a bear with a machete. It was decided that you should play dead and then catch it unaware.
I think that a hunting rifle would be more effective, and probably less dangerous.