DNA Extraction Experiment

Due to the fact that my seeds needed another twenty-four hours to germinate in the black box, I worked on reading through the various dissertations and theses that I was given by Dr. Yuyi Zhou on the topic of high and low concentration coronatine. I read through three of them including two college Ph.D. papers and Morgan Smith’s paper who was the Borlaug-Ruan Intern at CAU last summer. I took notes on the papers and after lunch and the midday rest, I began preparing for tomorrow’s work. I got together the germinating paper for twelve of the seeds and I will use this paper to observe the root growth. I was then invited by Haiyie Yu to help her in the cold DNA extraction using liquid nitrogen. She is one of the graduate students at CAU and she always makes a point to say hello to me, teach me Chinese, and invite me to come work with her. I have loved getting the chance​ to work alongside her and the other students. After this, ​I continued to work on reading and annotating the essays. The kindness of the students at CAU to help me learn more about the work they are doing and to learn more Chinese in the process is more than I could ask for. I look forward to continuing my work here and building bonds with my professors and fellow students that will last a lifetime.

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