My PhD research focused on identifying the impact of industrial chemicals on the developing embryo. Given the toxic nature of these chemicals, all lab work was carried out under strict GxP conditions, including the use of PPE and sterile technique. This led to an inevitable bottleneck – interrupting work to take detailed notes. Every time I paused to note something down, I had to change to a fresh pair of gloves and re-sterilize the workspace. Since detailed notes are the backbone of reproducible science, these interruptions were unavoidable.