I think I may be an Applied Microbiology nerd.
See, when I put dirty dishes in the sink to wash later, I often fill them up with water to soak. I didn’t see this much in Idaho, but down here in Texas I notice that if I leave them too long, the water will sometimes end up turning into a thick slime.
And here I am, wondering what kind of slime it is and if I could find a way to produce it in quantity and purify it (and then find something useful to do with it).
I’m also wondering if this delightfully simple gel electrophoresis technique might be scaled up for more production-type purposes.