You've got to admit, tt's not every workplace where you get to see an email like this:
From: The Warehouse
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 8:17 AM
Subject: Turkey blood for EVU
A delivery of Turkey blood was received in site 3 stores on 09th July marked with FAO [John Doe]. It appears to have been collected form the stores by somebody else in error. If anybody has this package can they contact EVU so we can collect it please?
What I want to know is, when the person who mistakenly took the box of turkey blood got back to their desk and opened it up, what went through their mind? "Hey.. Wait a minute. That's not the new Kylie CD I ordered from Amazon..."
If you're like me, and want to know what the heck we do with turkey blood in the first place, let me explain it like it was explained to me when I asked. It's used for a potency test during the manufacturing process for the flu vaccine, to test for haemagglutination. Haemagglutinin is a surface protein on the flu virus. If there's a lot of it in the stuff you're making, then you've got a good batch of virus to work with.
Now you know.