Something I’ve come to learn this summer is that research is all about repetition. What makes a great paper? What makes for a strong experiment? Repetition, repetition, repetition. So by now I’ve run my millionth BRET assay under a million different conditions and, to be honest, I most likely will be running a million more. As each plate gets read, I can feel my excitement rising with the promise of an interesting result in our data. Every time I run the assay there is always surprising, sometimes disappointing, data that lead us to ask more and more questions. By the end of a week full of BRET, I know every Friday afternoon on the dot after analyzing all of the data I will be planning my millionth and one BRET assay for the following week.
For me, research is well worth the repetition. I know that all of this work will pay off and hopefully there will be something significantly interesting and personally rewarding that I uncover from my numerous trials.
As I sit here now thinking about how much more BRET I could possibly run in the next 10 days of this fellowship, I can’t help but feel a twinge of sadness for the soon separation of me and my dear old BRET assay. I suppose this means that I’ve come to genuinely love the repetition of my research, which I hope to continue in the future. So with that, I am happily downloading the request form for an independent study so I can spend another cherished semester with my friend BRET.