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Polymerase chain reaction is a cornerstone of molecular biology research. Using short pieces of single-stranded DNA called primers the previously invisible becomes tangible.

Saturday, July 09, 2005


  • date: 07/09/05
  • time: afternoon
  • weather: 69º F, mostly sunny, wind W at 9 mph
  • mileage: today-6, week-9, year-209.9
  • resting (bpm): 58
  • after workout (bpm): 135
  • weight: +20


I like summer weekends at alma mater. So much space, so few people. I was in the health sciences library. There were two docs among the current periodicals and a work-study student behind the reference desk. I could see out the windows, the morning weather was beautiful. Around lunchtime, storm-clouds appeared on the horizon. They rushed in, dropped a ton of water and then left. A couple of hours later, I stowed my books and headed for the gym. There was a 3-on-3 basketball game in progress and a couple of people in the pool. The locker room was empty. I changed and hit the trail, a three-mile loop that circles west campus. During my two laps, I encountered only four other runners. Wait, three. I crossed Guy-With-iPod twice. It wasn’t until later that evening on the train platform that I felt again like part of pack. Good enough.

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