Happy Belated Valentine’s Day from the Kopp Lab!
Lab alumnus Daniel Friedman offers this V-Day pun for all you lovers of biochemistry:
Q: Why did the hydrophobic amino acid worship the Fork God?
A: Because it was Valine-tine’s Dei.
And lab manager Olga offered up this delicious cake for the ever-hungry members of the lab.
It’s a miracle – Judy managed to get the whole lab together on the same day. Never worked for me… maybe she should be in charge of organizing all lab activities from now on?
We had a great hike in Desolation Wilderness, culminating in a pleasantly cool (sic) swim in Lake of the Woods. We even got caught in a rare summer rainstorm on the way back.
Stay tuned for fall activities.
Our first lab mussel-hunting trip to Point Reyes was a success despite heavy surf. We hit the mussel rocks at low tide and were able to collect enormous amounts of big, happy mussels. Our entire lab and numerous allies spent the whole evening cooking and eating them – and still had a bunch left over for later. Lots of work, but it was a very tasty lab outing.
After two years of carving pumpkins, we are doing something more adventurous this fall. Our fall lab outing will be to collect mussels (Mytilus californianus) on Point Reyes in early November (weather and dinoflagellates permitting). Exact date TBD depending on tides and surf conditions. Mussel shells will be collected in the interests of science; soft tissues are surplus to requirements and will be safely disposed of with the help of white wine, garlic and butter. Stay tuned, and think where you can get a wetsuit.