I wish I were DNA helicase so I could unzip your genes.

Happy valentines day!

Three weeks has passed and I thought I’d tell a little bit about my placement. Other students refer to their placement as “work” so that’s what I’ll be doing. Thought I should explain that so you don’t get confused!
I’m working in a microbiology lab at Monash Medical Centre in Clayton which is an south-eastern suburb in Melbourne. I’ll be rotating around the different sections of the lab and right now I’m in the molecular biology section. It’s a lot like the Swedish micro-labs with a few minor differences. It’s more relaxed in the way that the staff here are allowed to wear jewlery such as rings and bracelets and also nail polish which would be a big no-no in a Swedish lab. The clothing is also different. In Sweden you change out of your normal clothes and put on new trousers, blouse, labcoat and shoes whilst here you just put on a “gown” over your normal clothes, which is more of an apron with sleeves really.
When it comes to the methods, I believe the Swedish labs are a bit more automated when it comes to the bacteriology section. For example, the MMC lab doesn’t have a streaking machine and they do all of the streaking manually. There are some plates that are commonly used in Sweden that I haven’t seen here either, but I’ll be able to find out more about that when I get to spend time in the bacteriology-section.
I haven’t got any pictures from the lab at the moment, thought I’d settle in a bit before I run around taking pictures of everything but I will try to take some photos soon that I can post here! Instead I’ll show you some mixed pictures from outside of work:

Last saturday was spent at Healesville Sanctuary.

Last Saturday was spent at Healesville Sanctuary.

When all of the good names for sushi restaurants are taken..

When all of the good names for sushi restaurants are taken..

So apparently the maximum size of the photos you can upload here are 2 MB.. Have to edit some of my pictures before I can show you.

Happy valentines day!

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