Urge to kill fading… fading… fading…

Last micro test today.

Just finished writing my final paper.

No more Type III Secretion Systems.

No more god forsaken ‘Listeria’ and ‘Salmonella’ and ‘EHEC’.

All I have left is three weeks of virology. Sweet, sweet virology.

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee **giddy clapping**

I SUCK SO HARD AT BACTERIA LOL!!! I had to study so friggen hard and I think Im just going to scrape by with a B!! BLECH!! LOL!

But hopefully the completion of this damn course means I get to blag more again!! Like about MAN-MADE FRANKENSTEIN VIRUSES that have NO MEDICALLY RELATED EVOLUTIONARY IMPLICATIONS AT ALL!


  1. #1 Brian X
    November 26, 2008

    Abbie, if you think a B is scraping by, I am beyond envious of your academic mojo.

  2. #2 RBH
    November 26, 2008

    Brian X wrote

    Abbie, if you think a B is scraping by, I am beyond envious of your academic mojo.

    Recall that Abbie is in grad school. B’s in grad school are just scraping by. I was depressed by the one I got my first year. 🙁

    On the other hand, it’s just bacteria, Abbie! 🙂

  3. #3 clinteas
    November 26, 2008

    So youre leaving the area of relevance and re-enter the world of obscurity…

  4. #4 James F
    November 26, 2008

    Remember, in the long term, no one really cares what grades you get in grad school in the sciences. Get your research published, continue to demonstrate your ability to your advisor, pick up some awards if you can, keep being a great science advocate. You’ll do fine!

  5. #5 Paul Lundgren
    November 26, 2008

    #4, best advice ever.

    Abbie, does this mean there will be an actual, real-world graduation in your future? I’m sure Arnie will look smashing in a cap and gown.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. #6 Jonathan Hughes
    November 26, 2008

    Abbie, I am so glad that you exist. You see, I am a student in microbiology and I SUCK SO HARD AT VIRUSES. all that dsDNA, ssDNA, dsRNA, ssRNA… ugh

    Anyway, you take care of the viruses, and I’ll take care of the bacteria (and maybe archaea too)

  7. #7 Chou Chou
    November 26, 2008

    I don’t think I’ve posted here before but I had to after reading the simpsons reference. You crack me up and I love your posts. Can’t wait for you to be done with the class.

    -A master’s student in genomics

  8. #8 Sili
    November 26, 2008

    B is for bacterium. That’s good enough for me.

  9. #9 Ian Musgrave
    November 26, 2008

    Congratulations Abbie! How is the research going?

  10. #10 Steven
    November 27, 2008

    Do you listen to TWiV:This Week In Virology?

  11. #11 Bayesian Bouffant, FCD
    November 28, 2008

    Happy After Turkey Day!

  12. #12 TomJoe
    November 28, 2008

    Exactly what’s wrong with Listeria monocytogenes? It’s a great organism. Grows in the fridge, forms biofilms, comprised of multiple lineages all of which vary to some degree in their pathogenicity and targets. Awesomeness!

  13. #13 Jared
    November 29, 2008

    Hey! I liked my bacteria courses! The trick (for me) was always just to get the details on the ongoing and recent research and only worry about conclusions for anything published pre-1990. Depends on the type of course, though. If it’s a microbial pathology course which has some pretty serious data before 1970, then you have to focus on the main papers and just get the supporting evidence from the less important ones. I have about 1/4 of my notes from my microbial morphogenesis class a few years ago published.

    It’s just a clusterfuck of facts…

  14. #14 Muse142
    December 1, 2008

    As a fellow student, I am sooooooo looking forward to the end of the semester and winter break.

    Oh and also, TAG YOU’RE IT. If you’re interested. (And available.)

  15. #15 windy
    December 1, 2008

    Happy After Turkey Day!

    So how was Thanksgiving – did Arnie eat an ENTIRE TURKEY???

  16. #16 ERV
    December 1, 2008



    Arnie did not eat an ENTIRE TURKEY, but he did stare at the oven the entire time it cooked, and shamelessly begged for scraps at the dinner table.

    Its only a matter of time before he kills.

  17. #17 Kristine
    December 3, 2008

    If you need to cleanse the palate, I have written a long paper on open-access archiving and I’m willing to share. 😉

  18. #18 Rhea Miller
    December 5, 2008

    hahahahaha…i am quite the opposite. “You mean viruses can’t replicate on their own…Ooo yeah…my bad.” *looks down at book sheepishly*

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