I have been collecting genomics technologies for a while to create a little display of old and current consumables. As part of this collecting I had more Ion chips than I needed and decided to try and get creative.
The result is (I think) quite a nice pair of cufflinks that I shall wear when I put on a proper shirt for presentations. Expect to see these at the 3rd NGS congress and at AGBT (if I get in, only The Stone Roses sold out faster this year).
If anyone wants a pair let me know and I am sure we can come to some arrangement including a donation to CRUK. If you have any Ion chips lying around the lab please do send them to me.
Making these made me think of what other things could be done with microarray and sequencing consumables. We spend a fortune on what are disposable items and surely we can come up with interesting ways to reuse these. I will try to get some old Affy chips to do the same with, but they could be a little large. Four years ago we had some flowcells hanging on the Institute Christmas tree.
What else can you come up with?
I am still collecting for my ‘museum’. If anyone has the following please get in touch if you are willing to donate.
My wish list:
373 or 377 gel plates
Affymetrix U95A&B set
ABI gene expression array
Ion torrent 316 and 318 chips