Biotech protocols

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Steve Steinberg (BoingBoing guest blogger) tries to sequence his own DNA:

Which brings me to the final dénouement: pulling out the protocol's instructions, pipette in hand. Immediately, I was overcome with the same terror that cookbooks instill in me. "Mix gently," the instructions began. Gently? How about a RPM on that, please? Newtons per cubic mm? Something? "Aspirate until clear", it continued. Clear like "totally transparent", or clear like "I can see the DNA goop"? I stumbled along, undoubtedly compounding errors at each step.