{March 14, 2010}   Nerdification-pedi-blues-cured

With all that’s going on in my life right now my roomie and I was bemoaning how we never get to go to a salon and pamper ourselves. No pedicure due to exams,lab and papers to write! 😦

So instantly it occurred to me in the shower that if I could make a machine to automatically give me customised pedicures at home. Yes I am trying to put a lot of people outta their jobs. What we need is for nails to grow to a certain length and stop. Also we need them to grow in shape and be strong and not break. Also it would help if they were coloured. Painting nails is painful.

Here’s what I came up with. If we put nail growth genes under an inducible promotor ,that is nails will grow only when stimulated by a particular compound,then we could control growth problem! Just take a pill-nails grow. Stop and voila they stop! So the strength is tricky…maybe a fusion of nail cells with collagen or some other strong protein?

The colour now…lemme think…well my lab has a GFP(green fluorescent protein) tag. We could use those. See we’d have fluorescent nails growing in shape till a certain length! Yay! 🙂


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