Lament for a Luminometer

All across the plate they lay in various states of woe
And I wept there in the darkness as I watched the awful show
Apoptosis or Necrosis–’twas impossible to know
If I had a luminometer I could have made them glow.

Was it death by design or were they just not growing?
Senescence or something else? There simply seemed no knowing
In little balls they curled upon the plastic plate
Without a luminometer, I could not know their fate.

If I had a luminometer I could maybe multiplex
A caspase assay that would glow and a reporter I could transfect
To find out what is happening and understand the whole
Oh the lack of such an instrument is wrenching to my soul.

And so I sit, tears streaming, as I gaze upon the plate
And many of my future plans will simply have to wait
It doesn’t really matter if my cells are live or “late”
Without a luminometer, I cannot graduate.

GloMax LuminometerMichele and I wrote this poem to mark the launch of the GloMax Multi+ Instrument. Possibly the first luminometer to be honored in this way?

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Isobel Maciver

Isobel is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and of Aston University in Birmingham, U.K. She is a technical writer and editor, and is also manager of the Scientific Communications group at Promega. She enjoys writing about issues in science and communication.

2 thoughts on “Lament for a Luminometer

  1. That is brilliant. I am pretty sure that a literary tribute such as this has ne’er been bestowed upon a luminometer before!

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