The postdoc and I continue to work on his DNA uptake specificity manuscript, temporarily distracted by (1) the need to prepare a poster for the Gordon Conference on Microbial Population Biology, which I'll be attending next week (no tweets or live-blogging, by conference policy); and (2) the belated arrival of the sequencing output for the 88 recombinant clones he submitted to the Genome Sciences Centre 8 months ago.
I've also repeated the controls for my phage recombination experiments. This time they worked well, and I realized that 'infectious centers' are not a good way to estimate recombination.
The Research Associate has me doing competence assays on the collection of knockout mutants she's generating. I can do these much more efficiently than anyone else in the lab - I've done 12 in the past week.
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