After months of cloning, I am thrilled to begin actual experiments!! Doing science that yields results makes me feel so much more like real scientist, versus the utter genetics failure I’ve felt like for the past few months.
Before diving into the brilliant, Nobel-Prize-worthy experiments I have planned, I thought it might be a good idea to get my lab notebooks in order – especially with regards to all the gut-wrenching genetics from which these experiments have been built. As I started going through my notes and old gels, however, I realized that the cloning strategy for one of my constructs has evolved tremendously over the past months. The first plan I had was borderline idiotic, yet I spent several weeks pursuing this strategy before seeing the light and moving onto plan B.
Now that it’s time to get all this written up, I’m struggling with wanting to jump to what actually worked, and skip over the old, futile strategies that have long since been forgotten. But I feel like this would be cheating somehow…a sort of scientific dishonesty, even it it doesn’t involve falsifying data. (Yeah, I know…I should have been keeping my notebooks up along the way and this wouldn’t be an issue.) Knowing that it will likely add an extra hour to my notebook-updating task today, do I really need to include this crap in my write-up? In other words, if the shit never worked, did it really happen???