After spending the last couple of years in front of a computer or in the fly room, I finally returned to the wet lab last week. The occasion: DNA isolation. Now, this isn’t any ole’ DNA isolation protocol. That would be too easy. Instead, I need some high molecular weight DNA, which means it takes a few days from start to finish with lots of centrifugation throughout.
Because I need lots of high quality DNA, I need a fair bit of tissue. This wouldn’t be much of a problem if I were working with an organism with a substantial body mass. Alas, I work with Drosophila, and they’re tiny. That means I need to do some major fly pimpin':
Once I’ve pimped up enough flies, I get to grind ’em up, spin ’em around, and isolate their DNA. The best part of the protocol, though, is that I get multiple opportunities to cut plasticware with hot razor blade: