Friday, May 30, 2008

Bull snake

I captured a bull snake recently -- twice, in fact. It was a pet snake that had escaped, and I found it in my closet three days later. I placed it in a temporary travelling cage so that I could show him to some children, but after I brought him home, he managed to pop the lid off the cage overnight.

That does it. Next time, I'm placing him directly in his permanent cage. Ugh.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Inaccurate assay description

I just discovered that this site says, "ELISpot assays employ the sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) technique." That is not very accurate. To be sure, there are some undeniable similarities between the ELISPOT method and the ELISA assay technique, but it's a bit of a misrepresentation to say that the former uses the latter. I would certainly be extremely uncomfortable making such a claim.