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The most boring tasks in Biology

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The most boring tasks in Biology

Postby Emmezali » Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:41 pm

We are looking for a subject for our internship project in BioInformatics.
We want to know: what is the most mind-numbing work you have ever had to do as a Biologist?
Posting multiple answers is fine.

A few prerequisites:
- It has to have to do with biological data (microscopic pictures, enzyme activities, protein structures…)
- It has to be something that computers are not very good at doing

If you are not sure about the prerequisites, don’t worry about it and just post the problem anyways. We will look into it.
When we have chosen a project (we might not choose one from this forum, as we went to different fora with this question) we will post it here.
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Re: The most boring tasks in Biology

Postby jonmoulton » Fri Aug 15, 2014 3:32 pm

Counting cyanobacteria using a hemocytometer on a fluorescent microscope was boring. I was measuring the change in photosynthetic characteristics after changes in illumination at different iron concentrations. This involved lots of time points where I needed the cell density in the culture, so I spent many many sessions over a period of many months counting the cells in those cultures.
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