A new edict has come down from On High (that is, the Advisor). From now on, complete sequences of every plasmid that is in our papers will be submitted as supplemental material. Which means we need to have complete, annotated sequence files for every plasmid.
Advisor told me this little tidbit of news when I went in to see him with a few sample paragraphs of my Materials and Methods section which describes plasmid and strain construction. Advisor had previously told me that he likes a very detailed M and M section. So, I wanted to know if I had achieved the right amount of detail. He told me that what I had would be fine because of this new rule had had just devised. He further went on to tell me that this should not be much of an issue for me since he knows I have been making these sequence files all along, so I’ll just gather them up and if I email them to him he will convert them into genbank format. He was not being sarcastic, the man honestly believes that I have annotated sequence files for every plasmid I have ever created (there are 62 of them, not that all of them will be in the paper only maybe a quarter of them). I do have sequence files for most if not all. But they are not annotated. And if they are it’s in an obscure shorthand only understandable by me.
I casually mentioned this to a couple people in the lab and there were immediate cries of dismay. And then I politely suggested to Advisor that he send an email detailing this exceptionally brilliant new planof his so people could start planning ahead. Also, that I wasn’t going to spread the news because I didn’t want people to shoot the messenger.