Queen of spleens

23 12 2014

FullSizeRender-8Back to work in Guelph, Mike,  Maka Natsvlishvili and I had a long day of killing mice, dissecting out heart and leg muscles to see if intense wheel-runners are physically fitter, and freezing spleens in dry ice for so that we can look at telomere length.

As ever, Maka’s use of cervical dislocation was swift and humane, and though we pay a lot for her help it’s well worth it (also great to hear all about Georgian Christmas food, which involves a lot of walnuts – who knew?). My job was to take every spleen out; after doing this 79 times today (with another 73 to do tomorrow), I know what I’m going to dream about tonight.