Continuing with last weeks theme of mouse research techniques, I learned how to section a mouse brain so that a section can be looked at under a microscope. The machine I used cuts the brain into micrometer lengths, which afterwards you then place the section into water and then onto a slide. Most of the cuts made were coronal sections of the brain, and this technique is useful for studying the effects of tumor growth in the brain on a microscopic level.
That said, thus far, the internship has kept in-line with my expectations because I knew that much of my time would be spent learning new techniques to operate and study mice. Additionally, when I am not working with mice or mice tissue, I perform experiments to create and test for the creation of the desired pT2 plasmid that my mentor is making in hopes of creating a better tumor mouse model.
Something I learned when starting up with this internship is that many labs have a similar culture or race among their personal. For example, a vast majority of the people working in my lab are Argentinian, which makes for many opportunities to speak in Spanish. This is helpful to me because I just finished my second year of Spanish classes, and I can now use that knowledge to converse with my fellow employees, such as when my mentor does not know a word in English. ¡Esta es una buena oportunidad, y me encanta cuando los científicos traen comida de Argentina!