I confess, I have my own secret stash of things in the lab. Not expensive reagents like Taq, but a Backup Supply of things that we routinely run out of (the fact that we routinely run out of critical things is a topic of a whole ‘nother post entirely). In an unlabeled cabinet near my bench I have the following:
- Two boxes of medium-sized nitrile gloves
- Two packages of paper towels
- A box of each kind of tips (this is overly neurotic–we haven’t run out of tips in forever)
- A bottle of LB that I made myself
- A bottle of YPD (yeast media) that I made myself
In the freezer, I have my own tube of ampicillin, and my own tube of ligase buffer (this is for self-preservation; people leave the buffer out for too long and it starts to go bad and then your ligation doesn’t work and it makes me want to howl in fury, so I keep my own buffer since I know where its been; also they supply so much buffer with the enzyme that everyone in lab could have four tubes for themselves at this point).
I’ve also been known to keep a couple of spare bottle-top filters.
I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this habit of mine. I’m guessing everyone in lab has a secret stash of something or other. What do you guys stash away?
*I laughed at those stories until tears came out of my eyes. Also, if I was the PI, I think the incident would not have happened, because I would have followed PdA back from lab meeting and made damn sure he gave PdB the antibody in question. However, let’s say it happened exactly as written. I would send them home for two days, call them both into my office and tell them in no uncertain terms that if anything like that ever happened again they could both find new labs to work in (this might be somewhat complicated if they have their own fellowships, but no way in hell would I want them in my lab).