In the past week, a lot has happened. I had a meeting with Professor David Blake, the professor of microbiology at Fort Lewis college, in order to discuss the prospect of my usage of their labs to allow me to work with CRISPR plasmids. Unfortunately, it was decided that I could not use the Fort Lewis college biology labs. This decision was based on a combination of liability issues, lack of funding for my project, and insufficient time. While this is unfortunate, I was given the opportunity to help him develop a CRISPR program and to use this program in conjunction with enrollment in a summer biology class. While my project is not taking the route I had hoped for it, I am excited and thankful to be given this opportunity. I am currently making my way through reading an extremely detailed protocol for CRISPR acquisition and culture. I hope to finish this by next Tuesday and send my suggestions to Professor Blake early next week.