The undergrad student who is currently working with got an unpleasant insight into the harsh reality of research today. After slaving away transfecting and staining cells for a week, we had a look at the results on a microscope and within the space of 3 hours destroyed what should have been 9+ hours of glorious picture taking. Perhaps even more importantly was the fact there wasn't any good reason for why they had all failed seeming that some of them had worked previously. I think it may be that the cells were a bit off. So tomorrow we will try with new, improved cells.
Today's results may not seem useful but it will be vital if the student ever considers a life in research.