This week has led me in a more effective direction for my project. I spoke with Dr. Peter Carver, who holds a PHD in microbiology. Dr. Carver and I discussed my aims and methods in my project, and decided my time would be better spent in buying a plasmid, instead of working to isolate and amplify one. He also gave me several labs who have done extensive research with CRISPR plasmids, and who would be valuable research assets. I am predicting issues with financial support of my project, as the plasmid will cost $65. I took his words into account, and am in the process of revising my lab report to accomodate for his recommendations. I currently have my entire materials list, and will have a finished report by thursday. I will send my lab design to Professor Blake by the end of thursday, and hopefully gain access to the labs by next week. I will continue to work closely with my mentor Tina Hott, and Peter Carver, and I will hopefully be on track to start testing next week.