Geeking & drinking

I'm a late 20s molecular biologist trying to get a grip on adulthood and the science industry. With a drink in hand, of course.

I... hail from Appalachian Virginia, drink wine, take ridiculous pictures of my dog, travel a good bit for work, geek out over science, plan #DCSciTweetUp, enjoy photography, hate on anti-vaxers, adore my awesome family, live with a former Navy man (J) that I love very much, shop too much on the internet, often make messes when attempting DIY projects, and share ridiculousness from my weekend retail job.

This is my life. Enjoy!

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On point. This is why working with the things that make us tick on the molecular level can be incredibly frustrating. To a point that seems excessive some days.

xkcd is the best!

Important things- science and making the perfect chocolate chip cookie to fit your tastes. Found on



I actually believe artists and scientists think very similarly. Complex, abstract thought? They both have that down. It’s all about where that thinking takes you after that.

Words cannot describe how much I love this post.

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Magnetized yeast makes for faster champagne

It’s quite fascinating because it has much further ranging applications than reducing the time spent settling yeast out of wines - there’s the potential for it to be used in:

  • Bio processing - i.e. selecting specific good cells from a mixture in a vat.
  • Synthetic biology - engineering specific cells to respond to magnetic fields, or creating an interface between cells and a machine that allows communication / control between the two via magnets.
  • Bio-remediation - bacteria could be used to clean up toxins in the environment, for instance contaminated river water or oil spills and then collected at the end with a giant magnet.
  • Medicine - perhaps antibiotic producing bacteria could be used to treat infections and then removed with a magnet or magnetic nano-scale particles afterwards.

It’s explained in this short Harvard video on how regular micro-organisms can be made magnetic.

NB: Just to be specific it’s not yeast in that gif - those are magnetic bacteria, but the concept is essentially the same.

Magazine article source: tce online

GIF Video source

Science + wine = relevant to my life

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By things, I mean a protocol that took 2 years to develop.

Initial reaction:



Then there are demands to respond ASAP to something THEY broke:


Because it’s always our fault it’s broken, not theirs. Sigh. Is it happy hour yet? There’s a 3 day weekend coming up. Cheers!



Who’s in charge around here?! 

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credit: Clairebeer 

Two fold dilutions are exactly what this reminded me of!

I like the broccoli scan a lot.


Heard this driving home the other day and wanted to share. Worth the read/listen. 


While morons are worrying about vaccines, some scientists are looking into the real cause of autism.  

It’s okay though, we’re all in a conspiracy with the government to keep making kids autistic by requiring vaccines. If you can’t detect the sarcasm here, please don’t talk to me. EVER.

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