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Though going on a tour of the laboratory wasn’t necessarily about learning about something for FTC specifically, it was great to learn about a different STEM field. One of the key points that we took away is patience. It takes a very long time to make significant advances in the forefront of hard sciences. Though we have increasingly cutting edge machines, we are still limited by technology from a practical standpoint. For example, the electron microscope that we had the opportunity to see was only put in use five years ago, yet takes ten years to process the data that it collected, so a zebrafish brain hadn’t actually been imaged yet. Another point was that the simpler the organism, the more we can learn about, but as the animal gets increasingly complex, it gets harder. For example, the zebrafish are tiny animals and we can study their entire brains, however we can only attach minimal electrodes for rats. It was awesome to get exposure to this area of this science.