(Or Thoughts While Running the Flow Cytometer**)

At the FACS machine

I left my water bottle

Forty more samples


Running more samples

I wish I had some music

Thirty-nine tubes left


Flow cytometry

Should have brought my phone with me

Thirty-eight more tubes


Something is not right

Where are my controls (?), blast it!

This is very bad


At the FACS machine

Day two: second round of flow

I forgot water…


*You probably remember the haiku from English class. Quick refresher: a haiku is an unrhymed poem. The form was developed in Japan (5 syllables first line, 7 second line, 5 third line). For some beautiful haiku poetry, check out the work of haiku master Takahama Kyoshi (1874-1959).


**Flow cytometry is actually an amazing tool. FACS or Fluorescence-activated cell sorting is a specialized type of flow cytometry. See “Micro-Defined: A hopefully useful, but definitely not über technical, microbial-related set of definitions.”



The Great Wave off Kanazawa Katsushika Hokusai









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