Anyway, until I'm free again, here's an interesting link from Genome Biology. As a twist on the annual Beloit College Mindset List1, the author pondered:
what would the scientific worldview be like for someone, let's say, just starting graduate school today (and therefore about 22 years of age)? Born in 1988, how would their scientific lives differ from the lives of the generations preceding them (including mine, which is the only one I really care about)? It makes for some interesting speculation:
there follows a list of techniques that have always been outdated (or routine) in these students' lifetimes. Some examples:
• In their lifetime, no one has ever pipetted anything by mouth.
• Believe it or not, they have never known a world without cDNA microarrays.
Worth reading despite the feelings of advanced age that will inevitably follow. As Beth said on Twitter, "That makes me feel old. In MY day, we had to look at DNA one gene at a time! Uphill both ways in the snow!"
1. which "provides a look at the cultural background of the students entering college that fall. The creation of Beloit's Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride and former Public Affairs Director Ron Nief, it was originally created as a reminder to the Beloit faculty to be aware of dated references. As the website notes, 'it quickly became a catalog of the rapidly changing worldview of each new generation.'"