So Part Two of my extremely long blog on my extremely awesome experience of experience!
In the microbiology lab over the past two weeks we have looked at all kinds of slides under the microscope over the past week and I have seen some really interesting ones that I never even knew looked quite like what I saw, everything from bacteria to plant cells from anthers of different plants, thyroid glands and pituitary glands to liver flukes and tape worms (both types of human parasites) – Fascinating is an understatement.
Man I sound nerdy but I love this stuff!
Now we are culturing up different types of bacteria to transfer to slides whilst still alive! Cutting off their nutrients so they move enough for us to see under a microscope! I know right? Pretty cool!
Today we began an experiment looking in to the antimicrobial spectrum of isolates in soil samples, looking at any antibiotic-producing microorganisms within the soil…looking forward to that!
I even get to start an experiment on DNA extraction from different meat sources and set them up for polymerase chain reaction and send it off for sequencing next week!
I will be sad when this is all over next week, but it has given me such a drive to hunt down some more lab experience elsewhere and I highly recommend, if you are going to be studying a science degree at university, that you look for some too; get in touch with university lecturers and see what they say, email local hospitals and labs, don’t just wait for the 3 or 4 years to be up and see what you get!
In today’s world we graduates have to stand above the rest, so get as much behind you as you can not just knowledge but experience! Show your interest, if there is a society for the area of science you are interested in then join it, sign up for undergraduate student membership as many societies have them; and attend some conferences, you will find them rather popular with students not just the experts 😉
Here are just a few links for you all:
http://www.sgm.ac.uk/ – Society for General Microbiology
https://www.societyofbiology.org/ – Society of Biology
http://www.rsc.org/ – Royal Society of Chemistry
http://www.forensic-science-society.org.uk/home – Forensic Science Society
Until next time!