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Murphy’s Law in Science

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Murphy’s law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Nowhere is this law more abundantly evident than in the life of a scientist. Here are just a few of the examples that I’ve witnessed:

•if you drop one tube from the whole rack, it will be the one that contained your most important sample.
•if you’ve forgotten your key to the lab, it will be the one day that everyone else is off.
•if you have just reorganized the -80°C freezer, there will be a power outage that weekend.
•if you misspell one word in the final, ready-for-publication manuscript, it will be your name.

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