Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mom: "Unfortunately my breeder mice didn't cooperate all that well and my research is short about 6 homozygotes"...

Me: Did u ever try viagra for the breeders?

Mom: We work them pretty hard. Their gestation period is only 3 weeks and a male is already in their cage before they give birth to try to catch them post-estrous to foster yet another litter! It's just that there's only a 25% chance to get homozygotes and then many of those don't live to adulthood. mom's a mouse pimp. But a very smart one.

She is just 6 homozygote mice (I believe they are the one's with the Huntington's Disease gene or maybe they all have the gene and these are the ones with the disease) and a big long paper away from her Ph.D. in Neuroscience. I'm so proud of her.

I often don't understand 90% of what she says when she talks about the science though. See, I don't do science. Never have. In college I was required to take a science class with a lab so I took astronomy. And even then I waited until my last semester of college to take it. Astronomy was a tough class to get into--everyone wanted to take it and there was only 1 or 2 classes a semester. It was a total copout. I never even opened the book. Our labs were to stand outside and look up. Our term project was to watch a constellation move throughout the semester and record it but since I went to school in LA, you couldn't see the stars through the smog so the prof gave us a website that told us where the constellation was each night. It was a joke. But I got an A. :) I never opened my macroeconomics book either (or paid attention in class) and I got an A...but my brother was friends with the professor. That worked well.

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