Pharyngula

My car is worth more than I am!

Do you think I might appreciate in value as I get older?

(via brokenhut)

Comments

  1. #1 David Marjanovi?
    June 28, 2007

    Do you think I might appreciate in value as I get older?

    Sure. The profit margins in international fossil smuggling are said to reach those in the international smuggling of diamonds, cigarettes, weapons, and drugs.

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?
    June 28, 2007

    About a year ago I worked out the value of retail Taq polymerase (the enzyme that drives PCR); about 120 times the per-mass value of gold.

    I know a university lab that somehow got hold of a plasmid with a gene for Taq polymerase. They transformed it into E. coli and made their own Taq polymerase for IIRC a few years.

    BTW, is the gel used in the capillaries for sequencing more expensive?