You probably already know this, but in case you’re a boob like me, don’t ever try anything new for a grant. That’s what I’ve been trying to do since September 1 to no avail. I’m now trying to find easier ways to accomplish what I want, but I am not sure there is an easier way. What I need is a collaborator to teach me how to do this technique. I was confident that I could do it because I had dabbled in something similar during my postdoc, but what I am trying to do is more technically challenging than that. I am sure if I apprenticed with a pro, I’d pick it up like that. Alas, sorry not to have a more upbeat post after my 4 month hiatus, but it is what it is.
What about you? How long has it taken you to be successful at a new technique in the lab? Have you ever given up or turned it over to someone more knowledgeable? Let us know about your experiences in the comments.