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Is It the Future Already?

I just got the following spam email:
Dear Dr. KMO,

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BTW, I don't have a Ph.D much less an M.D..

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enohae
Jan. 18th, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
A friend of mine was a biologist for a company that did this in the 90's. It's not a new concept, but I couldn't tell you why people want to buy DNA (he explained it to me once, way beyond me).

It was amusing to go to his place and find the stuff just laying around. It was kept in small plastic container, and the DNA within it was white and powdery. He gave me a bit once, but I have long since lost it.
kmo
Jan. 18th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
...I couldn't tell you why people want to buy DNA...

Well DNA counts as a category of information, and like information in general, we're surrounded by it. There's no getting away from it, but you still have to pay for the premium varieties.
dubpulse
Jan. 18th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)
Nevermind 'the future is now'. I'm already nostalgic for the future that never was.
kmo
Jan. 18th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
To paraphrase Joe Rogen...
Where the f*#ck's my jet pack!?!
kaosangre
Jan. 18th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Why didn't you tell me you needed some molecular work? If you've got the lab, baby, I've got the time. So which science list sold your name, Dr. KMO?

Far from "the future already" from the bit I saw. It's been a while since I ordered the like, but it seems pretty high. I love the vector charges for, well, anything. To be honest, I dealt more with primers, but it still seems really high for what they offer.

I also think they mis-represent their Western blot kit. They make such a big deal about how much time is cut out, but realistically it would only be the secondary incubation and washes. So they got the primary down to an hour? Not exactly hardcore. "No special labeling" 'cause they're not doing anything new. It's just not a "one hour Western" when they don't count the majority of the steps. If they get electrophoresis, membrane transfer, blocking, antibody incubation, washes, and development into an hour--or devise a completely new protocol--then we can talk about the future and these folks can retire rich next week.

I know, that wasn't really your point. Kinda made me miss the good old days though. :)
kmo
Jan. 18th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
My Go-to Gal for Molecular Biology
From now on I will commission no custom molecular biological projects without first consulting you. :)
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