In a recent issue of BioTechniques (Vol. 52, No. 3, March 2012, pp. 145–147), Editor Nathan Blow, Ph.D., examines the challenges of starting a research lab in the biomedical sciences. In one article titled “reflections on the modern lab”, Nathan interviews Dr. Brian Strahl, Associate Professor at UNC Chapel Hill, on the role technology and communication plays in running a research lab.