My PhD adviser was from the old guard. As a graduate student, Steve wrote his own grants. He then trained under Barbara McClintock while they invented maize genomics. He told us stories of purifying his own restriction enzymes and selling them to other students for beer money. Often we were reminded, in his day they trudged to lab uphill, both ways, in the snow… so coming of age in Steve’s lab, we were directed to his dog-eared copy of Maniatis’ Molecular Cloning and expected to do science from scratch.
To this day I believe trainees should be given a copy of […] Read more