I was working in the Medical Examiner's lab, in my spirited whiz kid mode. I set up a second HPLC machine with different connections and separating columns. It was nice to see the two machines working side by side, the little robot arms of the "autosamplers" dipping their hollow needles into arrays of test tubes, and slurping up little hummingbird-sized drinks of blood extracts which would set in motion the multicolor traces, telling the chemical stories of the deceased, the motorcycle casualty, the coronary and the Alzheimer patients. What nicer music than the clicks and whine of a well-oiled and intelligent machine? And my little robot friends would produce a load of answers in a few hours.
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