IE, IA, Oh Yeah!

The last week of June was a big one: time was up, stress was on, sleep was lost. Naiara had to face her first formal PhD assessment for the end of her first year (IA), and Judith had to face the even more daunting 2nd year Internal Evaluation (IE), which someone has started calling the "Infernal" Evaluation, and not without reason. Let me clear any doubt: they both did brilliantly! (just look at those smiles!)… But there is a long journey ahead of both still, and so much work to do, so nobody is getting ahead of themselves here. We only congratulate them and wish them every success for the forthcoming challenges! And maybe have a beer or two… and maybe we organise a lab dinner out… in fact,

Just another MiSeq Monday

“Monday, May 16th, 2016, is a big date for us. That’s when we started our first, maiden, holy, MiSeq run, using our new toy, and completing a sequence of events that kept making every lab member holding their breath for the previous 2 months (nearly…). But we did it. And then we did another one. And now there are millions of reads that need to be shuffled and binned and stacked and sorted and used to describe the oceans (well, some of it…). We are all learning a lot, but we have everything in-house now, from equipment to expertise, so it feels great to be in control of pretty much every step of the process. The first data sets form the lionshare of Judith’s project, but also contain tests fo

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