By way of introducing this short entry: as is probably true for most blogs that discuss various and sundry aspects of science, I have tended to focus on reviews or peer-reviewed research papers – “the literature”. There is, however, a whole lot more to the lab than these finished and polished products. What I want to do with this entry is a bit different. Instead of talking about a complete study, I thought I would talk (briefly) about some results from my lab that, for various reasons, never found their way into print. Ideally, someone will read one of these essays and speak up, telling me just what is going on and how it fits in with other data or models.
The following is one such example, a result that is curious and perplexing. I chose it because it comes with pretty pictures, and because it is a segue for another essay that I will post in the future. The data is from a thesis of a student of mine – Kevin Forbes. The experiment itself is 7-10 years old (I have forgotten just when this study was done), and I made sure that Kevin would be OK with this before I posted anything.