Silent No More

Thanks so much for your editorial1 on lab techs! As a lab rat, menial, lab slave, etc. for 20 years, I got incredibly tired of the demeaning attitudes by the supposedly better-educated grad students, postdocs, and professors. I was always professional in my work and gave 200% at all times. I can't tell you how many times [that I] or my other lab techs saved their butts when they would mess up an experiment or even worse, a clinical sample. I was once even nearly killed when a grad student blew up an oven because he wanted to dry off the ether from his assay faster! When I was laid off from my last job, no one got paid, as the 'menial' wasn't there anymore to hand in time sheets. Oops!

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