Lets go Christmas Carolling – science style..

Throughout the whole of November, whenever I have had the radio on in the lab, there has basically been Christmas songs on repeat! Now I’m one of those people that believe that Christmas cheer shouldn’t start until December – bah humbug, I know! – especially as I’m a December baby too! But this week, I’m spending just as much time in the lab experimenting away with the radio on and I have heard a grand total of one Christmas song! One! So, I know it’s still early days but I’m not feeling the Christmas spirit, and to try make up for this and the lack of Christmas tunes on the radio, I’ve got a bit of a fun blog post for today and I’ve tried to think up some carols – but obviously with a science twist! Hopefully they can teach us a little bit about stem cells, life in lab and a bit about my PhD life recently.

It’s time to get round your lab up and get carol singing with these brand new tunes!

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Away in the Incubator

Away in the incubator

Only plates for a bed

All my little stem cells

Just waiting to be fed

The light from the microscope

Lets me look down to see

All my little stem cells

Growing well and happy

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The oxygen is lowered

To help more genes get switched on

And they take up more glucose

‘Til its nearly all gone

Theyre removed from the incubator

For the media replace

So all my little stem cells

Won’t differentiate

fungal-christmas

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Twelve days of a PhD Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my PhD gave to me another failed experiment.

On the second day of Christmas my PhD gave to me – two broken pipettes and another failed experiment.

On the third day of Christmas my PhD gave to me – three pesky reviewers, two broken pipettes and another failed experiment.

On the fourth day of Christmas my PhD gave to me – four plates of dead cells, three pesky reviewers, two broken pipettes and another failed experiment.

On the fifth day of Christmas my PhD gave to me – five lab reports! Four plates of dead cells, three pesky reviewers, two broken pipettes and another failed experiment.

On the sixth day of Christmas my PhD gave to me – six unknown samples, five lab reports! Four plates of dead cells, three pesky reviewers, two broken pipettes and another failed experiment.

On the seventh day of Christmas my PhD gave to me – seven stressful meetings, six unknown samples, five lab reports! Four plates of dead cells, three pesky reviewers, two broken pipettes and another failed experiment.Image result for lab christmas decorations

On the eighth day of Christmas my PhD gave to me – eight unordered reagents, seven stressful meetings, six unknown samples, five lab reports! Four plates of dead cells, three pesky reviewers, two broken pipettes and another failed experiment.

On the ninth day of Christmas my PhD gave to me – nine dodgy melt curves, eight unordered reagents, seven stressful meetings, six unknown samples, five lab reports! Four plates of dead cells, three pesky reviewers, two broken pipettes and another failed experiment.

On the tenth day of Christmas my PhD gave to me – ten looming deadlines, nine dodgy melt curves, eight unordered reagents, seven stressful meetings, six unknown samples, five lab reports! Four plates of dead cells, three pesky reviewers, two broken pipettes and another failed experiment.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my PhD gave to me – eleven empty tip boxes, ten looming deadlines, nine dodgy melt curves, eight unordered reagents, seven stressful meetings, six unknown samples, five lab reports! Four plates of dead cells, three pesky reviewers, two broken pipettes and another failed experiment.

On the twelth day of Christmas my PhD gave to me – twelve late lab nights, eleven empty tip boxes, ten looming deadlines, nine dodgy melt curves, eight unordered reagents, seven stressful meetings, six unknown samples, FIVE LAB REPORTS! Four plates of dead cells, three pesky reviewers, two broken pipettes and ANOTHER FAILED EXPERIMENT!

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Deck the Labs

Deck the labs with protein samples

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Test with antibodies and ELISAs

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Dont forget your gloves and labcoat.

Fa la la, la la la, la la la.

Before you start at your lab station.

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

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Fill the glassware with your buffers

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Set gels and plates up for experiments

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Now we wait and spot the changes

Fa la la, la la la, la la la.

So we can collect our new data

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

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Have you got any science themed Christmas carols? Maybe ‘O Chemistry, O Chemistry’, or ‘Jingle gels, Jingle gels’? Let’s get a bit creative and turn your favourite Christmas carol into a tune that describes your research or your favourite bit about science! Share them in the comments and let’s get a whole song book going!

I’ve also shared a few photos of some amazing lab Christmas decorations. Does your lab have any decorations made from lab supplies? I would love to see them. Send them to me and I will feature them all in a special blog post!

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