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#1 Inmost sun

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 03:16 AM

Do you know labs, colleagues or PIs who believe in wonder concerning their scientific work?

Which means that the arrival of a wonder to reach an aim is an integral part of the work principle?

I guess it is more to find than imaginated... :)

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 03:20 AM

:) do they write that in methodology?
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Posted 15 July 2010 - 05:09 AM

I don't understand what Inmost is saying. What does the phrases "believe in wonder" and "arrival of wonder" mean? Are you asking if curiosity is something that drives a scientist?
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Posted 15 July 2010 - 05:17 AM

or feelings of amazement.....doubt? speculation? ....now you're making us wonder here, Inmost Sun.... :)
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Posted 15 July 2010 - 10:05 AM

Sometimes I think it's a wonder that the PCR finally works, though the DNA extraction was questionable and the quality and purity sucks and the primers are far from perfect but designed for another species... ;)

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 05:10 PM

Sometimes I think it's a wonder that the PCR finally works, though the DNA extraction was questionable and the quality and purity sucks and the primers are far from perfect but designed for another species... :lol:


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Posted 16 July 2010 - 05:25 AM

I don't understand what Inmost is saying. What does the phrases "believe in wonder" and "arrival of wonder" mean? Are you asking if curiosity is something that drives a scientist?


I am sorry to be unclear, I think the better phrase than wonder is "miracle"

f.i., you must believe in miracles if you have to look for a needle in a haystack, and the PI suggests that work will be done within 1 or two months "with some luck"

Setting ambitious aims in an irrealistic time schedule AND to be sure to reach the aims within this time table indicates a belief in miracles, doesnt it?

I am interested if other members have such experiences with seekers after miracles who better had become gurus than scientists... :)

and how you deal with it

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 05:56 AM

thats what I understood and asked U.. how do U explain the 'miracle' factor in scientific literature. There should be some luck in getting things done right in right time but 'miracle' is not the one.

Even if you are looking for a needle in hay stack, U need to follow some scientifically rational and reproducible protocol based on facts to call it science rather than randmly search.
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 08:55 PM

Setting ambitious aims in an irrealistic time schedule AND to be sure to reach the aims within this time table indicates a belief in miracles, doesnt it?


Sounds like my former supervisor, although he categorically did not believe in luck. He did believe in massive parallelism.

In life we can't repeat the same event in a dozen different ways, and only stop to pick the reality where things worked out to produce a desired outcome.

But for some methods in science, parallelism is possible and thus "miracles" can happen.

In many ways there is an element of luck in the construction of a plasmid or BAC. Which colony on a plate amongst a hundred will contain a properly ligated plasmid, nobody knows. You would have to test them.

Now if the probability of a colony containing a structurally correct plasmid was 1/100 and you only tested 30 colonies, you would need a bit of "luck" to find this 1/100 colony. And imagine if you had to build 6 such plasmids in the space of a month or two, all requiring instances of such "luck" for their construction.. it would then become a miracle to complete the project on schedule.

But what would happen if you could easily and quickly test 100 or better yet 300 colonies (for instance with the help of a multichannel pipette/PCR or a robot). Now, what once a lucky event becomes a certainty. And a miracle is reduced to an everyday chore.

This probably isn't quite what you had in mind. But I guess I am try to say is with some ingenuity, perhaps a change in methods, it is sometimes possible to incorporate parallelism into an experiment design. This allows the isolation of a desired outcome even if the probability of a successful event is rare,
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Posted 18 July 2010 - 03:49 AM

And, contributing to this is the fact that success after months of attempts at something, say cloning a gene into a vector, becomes "we cloned gene X into vector Y" in the literature...

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 12:22 AM

as far as I am aware of this phenomenon, it is like "if everything works out like it should theoretically, it will be done in 1/2 month, but more probable (as biology never turns out as it is supposed to) it will thake you 3/4 month to accomplish that goal"

so most it is hope what you describe as looking for miracles??? And timeplans never work out, this would be a miracle itself.
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