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== The Laboratory Notebook ==
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== Storing the notebook ==
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In order to have a unified format for lab notebooks that we can still get to after a person has left, please conform to this format.
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Keep your lab book is a common word processor (MS Office or OpenOffice.org).  Put the file on the McKinney lab SMB share (<tt>svfas2.epfl.ch/Mckinney-lab</tt>), in a subdirectory of the <tt>Lab books</tt> directory.  For instance, Fred Ross's lab book is in <tt>svfas2.epfl.ch/Mckinney-lab/Lab books/Fred</tt>.
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Keep your lab notebook in a common word processor (MS Office or OpenOffice.org).  Keep the file on the McKinney lab SMB share, in a subdirectory of 'Lab books' (for instance, Fred Ross's lab book is in <tt>/Lab books/Fred</tt>).  This is backed up by the IT department, so you won't lose your data.  Also print it out and keep it in a binder.  Suzanne has plastic page protectors and binders.
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In parallel, keep a hard copy in a binder.  You can get binders and plastic page protectors from Suzanne.
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Keep all parts of an experiment together, listed under the first day of the experiment, no matter how much later you did parts of the experiment.
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== Format of the notebook ==
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Format the page with the date (as yyyy-mm-dd, yyyy/mm/dd, yyyy.mm.dd, or whatever separator you want) at the top right corner.
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Parts of experiments are kept together, not spread over several days, and entered on the day the experiment began.  Start each experiment on a new page so you can add pages to an earlier experiment without having to change anything afterwards.  On the top right of each page, put the date (formatted as yyyy-mm-dd, or with / or . in place of - if you prefer).
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Keep a table of contents by date with a short description of each experiment under that day.
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Each experiment should be listed in a table of contents under its date with a short description.
Keep separate notebooks for experiments, animal experiments, plasmid construction, and strain construction.  All these things proceed on different time scales, so it is inconvenient to have them together.  If you are mathematically inclined, you will also want a separate (possibly hard bound) notebook for calculations and theory work.
Keep separate notebooks for experiments, animal experiments, plasmid construction, and strain construction.  All these things proceed on different time scales, so it is inconvenient to have them together.  If you are mathematically inclined, you will also want a separate (possibly hard bound) notebook for calculations and theory work.
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== Strain and Plasmid Lists ==
== Strain and Plasmid Lists ==
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Keep your own record of strains, plasmids, primers, etc., and also put all the relevant data in the lab software (we'll get to this when it's set up...)
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'''Procedure for naming plasmids''': p(Investigator's 2 initials)(3 digit numerical code)
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So Neeraj Dhar's plasmids would be pND100...pND199... The series are:
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{|
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| Numbers
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| Meaning
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| 100-199
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| ''E. coli'' plasmids
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| 200-299
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| Mycobacterial plasmids
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| 300-399
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| other oddball plasmids
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|}
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'''Procedure for naming strains''': (Investigator's 2 initials)(Species code)(numerical code)
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So Neeraj Dhar's strains would be ND-C-1 (for ''E. coli'' strains); ND-S-1... (for ''M. smegmatis'' strains); ND-T-1.... (for ''M. tuberculosis'' strains); ND-M-1... (for ''M. marinum'' strains); and so on.
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Keep your own record of strains, plasmids, primers, etc. (a spreadsheet is particularly good for this) and also put all the relevant data in the lab software (we'll get to this when it's set up...)

Current revision

Storing the notebook

Keep your lab book is a common word processor (MS Office or OpenOffice.org). Put the file on the McKinney lab SMB share (svfas2.epfl.ch/Mckinney-lab), in a subdirectory of the Lab books directory. For instance, Fred Ross's lab book is in svfas2.epfl.ch/Mckinney-lab/Lab books/Fred.

In parallel, keep a hard copy in a binder. You can get binders and plastic page protectors from Suzanne.

Format of the notebook

Parts of experiments are kept together, not spread over several days, and entered on the day the experiment began. Start each experiment on a new page so you can add pages to an earlier experiment without having to change anything afterwards. On the top right of each page, put the date (formatted as yyyy-mm-dd, or with / or . in place of - if you prefer).

Each experiment should be listed in a table of contents under its date with a short description.

Keep separate notebooks for experiments, animal experiments, plasmid construction, and strain construction. All these things proceed on different time scales, so it is inconvenient to have them together. If you are mathematically inclined, you will also want a separate (possibly hard bound) notebook for calculations and theory work.

Strain and Plasmid Lists

Procedure for naming plasmids: p(Investigator's 2 initials)(3 digit numerical code)

So Neeraj Dhar's plasmids would be pND100...pND199... The series are:

Numbers Meaning
100-199 E. coli plasmids
200-299 Mycobacterial plasmids
300-399 other oddball plasmids

Procedure for naming strains: (Investigator's 2 initials)(Species code)(numerical code)

So Neeraj Dhar's strains would be ND-C-1 (for E. coli strains); ND-S-1... (for M. smegmatis strains); ND-T-1.... (for M. tuberculosis strains); ND-M-1... (for M. marinum strains); and so on.

Keep your own record of strains, plasmids, primers, etc. (a spreadsheet is particularly good for this) and also put all the relevant data in the lab software (we'll get to this when it's set up...)

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