The comfortable confusion of a fellowship

It’s been a week since I’ve began my fellowship in a lab for clinical and translational science. Through the course of this week, I’ve done everything from computerized genetic engineering to developing my laboratory techniques. I even have my own lab bench! Among all of the PCR gels, DNA extractions, and digests, I’ve realized how little I know about genetics. At first, it was extremely overwhelming not understanding a single thing about my fellowship. However, as each day passed, I found that I became more and more comfortable with the confusion before me. As my mentor tells me time and time again, even he who has been in this particular lab the longest, doesn’t know why we do some of the things we do.

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