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We're back and we can make your PCR work* [Feb. 2nd, 2006|01:25 pm]
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Thanks to New Scientist's feedback page, we can now bring you the solution to your PCR woes.

http://www.newscientist.com/backpage.ns?id=mg18925372.900

"Then Barney Gardom may have stumbled across the service you need at http://athanor.firedrake.org. It offers "home and office cleansing" as part of its "curse removal and protection" services. We assume they'll do laboratories too."

As believers in the idea that PCR only works if you use the 'special' water, cross your fingers while setting up the reaction and make sacrifices to the gods of PCR, that it's all down to the Curse of the Thermal Cycler sounds an intriguing possibility.

* okay, we lied...
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[User Picture]From: mysterycult
2006-02-02 11:43 pm (UTC)

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I remember the New Scientist Feedback as being quite a pleasant read a few years ago, but based on this offering it seems to have developed a truly painful line of pedantry-based humour.
From: amoebic_vodka
2006-02-03 01:05 am (UTC)

Things were better in the good old days...

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aaah, nostalgia...

We are probably more pedantic than feedback, however.
[User Picture]From: reverancepavane
2006-02-03 04:39 am (UTC)

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The problem is that the normal methods of appeasing the loa don't work with PCR, unless, of course, you really want your sample contaminated by chicken blood. [1]

That's probably why I remain a physicist: Voodoo still works.

[1] Although several unpublished reports do seem to indicate that first years are a more effective (and far cheaper) substitute for chickens...

From: amoebic_vodka
2006-02-03 02:24 pm (UTC)

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We found the success of chickens vs undergraduates depended on if we were trying to amplify avian or human genes. We're not sure why...
From: (Anonymous)
2006-05-04 05:29 pm (UTC)

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OT, I know, but someone is doubting your abilities: (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2006/05/and_south_carolina_must_be_the.php)

"A bunch of amoebas didn't get together and design all this," Jordan said, referring to the human body. "We'd be operating on people ... looking at their hearts, their liver and their lungs, I'd tell the techs, 'Can you believe those little amoebas figured all this out?'

"I mean you've got to be stupid to believe in evolution, I mean really," he said.


Bob