I know this could be a bit generic question, but for the sake of providing context this applies to a Transcriptomics Thesis.

Yesterday I've seen two researchers discussing about if it was really necessary for a post-doc geneticist to visit the place where the blood, weight, height, hair (and other) samples are taken.

From your experience, it is really necessary for a post-doc to travel and visit the field? Does that add real value to a Thesis? Shouldn't the sample collectors report everything like their name, how they measured a sample, etc?

  • $\begingroup$ This may be better on Academia.SE $\endgroup$ – De Novo Mar 30 '19 at 22:00

After being a lab tech, just because they should report everything, doesn't mean that they are doing exactly what you think/wish. I would say it is important so you can see if the process of sample collection and processing is exactly what you need for your thesis. I had to follow a written report on how to feed a certain insect, after a few nights the post doc came in and realized there was something missing from the report and we were feeding the insects one the wrong side of the leaf. May not happen to you, but I think its always good to verify.

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