Seeing that break is quickly approaching, it would not make sense to start lab work that would have to remain unfinished for weeks on end. Not only that, after some of the steps in my protocol, there is no time to take a break and leave solutions unattended for a long period of time. Considering these facts, my work is, for now, focused on organizing my protocols and getting ready for the lab work that will begin after break.
While I am excited to jump into the lab and get my hands dirty with reagents and antibodies, my research will be much better enjoyed having a solid grasp of my protocols. In learning the ins and outs of my protocols, I have compiled stacks of paper, each detailing steps, ingredients, and overall procedures to be used. It is daunting to consider the costs of this project but I feel ready for the challenge as the time for experimentation gets underway. Throughout the whole process, I will be keeping a thorough lab book with entries of every procedural step I take.