Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Be Careful Raiding the Fridge

Katherine Aull has built a "fully functional genetic engineering research lab" in her Cambridge closet.

Aull is scouring her own genes in pursuit of a potentially lethal mutation that she may have inherited from her parents - and she has transformed her bedroom closet into a makeshift scientific laboratory to conduct the hunt.

The 23-year-old MIT graduate uses tools that fit neatly next to her shoe rack. There is a vintage thermal cycler she uses to alternately heat and cool snippets of DNA, a high-voltage power supply scored on eBay, and chemicals stored in the freezer in a box that had once held vegan "bacon" strips. [Link]


Remember the movie "Real Genius", and the weird, but smart, guy who lived in the closet? Yeah...

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