Game of Guessing

Today we found a much more efficient method of merging our annotation work.  We got in our groups and discussed our reasoning for extending, inserting, deleting the genes.  This process actually worked wonderfully!  We almost finished and came to a consensus on the entire genome.  However, one thing I learned was just the uncertainty of science.  The importance of educated guessing and asking stupid questions became so much clearer to me in this lab. There were many points in lab today where no of us had any idea of what we were doing.  There was no evidence either way, and we simply had to make an educated guess in one direction.  Because this genome has never been annotated, we are exploring totally unchartered territory.  We are researchers asking stupid questions and making educated guesses, hoping it will lead to further understanding!