March – Dance Party
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Every two years I attend a conference at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The lab is sort of like heaven for people like me (nerds). It’s a place where scientists are the rock stars and half the people at the bar have won Nobel prizes. It’s a place where you’re not judged by your looks and social graces, but by your research and your publications. I love it. It’s all science all the time.
Last month I was there to soak up some knowledge and present a new method for determining 3-D chromosome structures. Cool stuff! (If you’re interested, we used this method to look at genes that escape X chromosome inactivation.)
While I love this trip, it has one very awkward feature. On the last night they transform the conference room into a discotheque. Usually they get a really bad band and everyone lines the walls, looking down at their shoes, waiting for the whole thing to be over. It’s a little bit like that nightmare we all have about being 13 years old all over again. Except this time it’s for real. I think they do this to remind us of the real world.
This month’s song is dedicated to that dance. Science and music are both a lot like that conference and the dance party. There are great times and then there are those uncomfortable moments. However, on the bright side, these awkward moments always make great stories to tell (and songs to sing) back home!
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