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In the summer of 2000, I took part in a brief retreat for doctoral students and presented some of my experiments on transfecting neurons with connexins coupled to fluorescent proteins. I showed this slide and caught myself saying: “I need to do more if these images to quantify the protein clusters”. I never did since so many other, more urgent things seemed to get in the way of pursuing the long-term goal of doing the missing experiments to put this together as a paper. The project went nowhere and I didn’t even include this in my thesis. All that’s left is this confocal image as a reminder that we often get distracted from carrying projects through.

Ingo Helbig

Child Neurology Fellow and epilepsy genetics researcher at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), USA and Department of Neuropediatrics, Kiel, Germany

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