Scientists working in the Life Sciences know that a pipette or a "chemical dropper" is a convenient laboratory instrument used to transport a measured volume of liquid. What a long time ago has started with the so called Pasteur-type of pipette is now a modern micro-pipette (measuring fractions of microliters), fully automated and electronic, multiwell and high precision. The famous French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur was a practical man and made his own pipettes from glass - using different varieties of suckers and balloons - rubber bulbs called teats. Such bulbs are still used by chemists to titrate exact volumes from burettes, the origin of which go back to the 18th century. We all know the practical piston-driven air-displacement Gilson pipettes, undestroyable and relatiely accurate. These micropipettes were invented at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1972 by people like Warren Gilson and Henry Lardy. Hence, the biggest producer is the company called Gilson Inc., as a result these pipettes are colloquially refered to as Gilsons. Some years ago Gilson introduced what they called an every day digital pipette and this was probably the worst invention they ever made. These pipettes all broke within 1-2 years. What you really want is a robust and easy to handle and to calibrate pipette, which will turn into your close friend over the years. You want to drop it and smash it on the bench, and being your friend it will not break. OK, there are some excellent electronic pipettes around. I think that the electronic Eppendorf multiwell pipettes are smart and nice to handle but for everyday use, the Gilsons are cult and make you feel at home. I just recently got an advert from Eppendorf about a special edition model - adorning this edition is the silver signature of Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Kary B. Mullis (see my blog on PCR). Carefully thinking about it and in analogy to pens like Waterman and Mont Blanc, senior scientists should have golden pipettes with silver signatures of the most relevant Nobel Laureats - female scientists may even be thinking about a little inlaid gemstone or a platinum engraved family photo. With each paper you move up and get a better pipette - first the Gilson, then the metal, silver, gold and finally platinum with gemstones. Isn't it wonderful how science suddenly gets fancy, a subtle deviation from the relevant makes life much more exciting. But maybe Pasteur had more fun blowing his own pipettes than polishing his brass microscope. You get the point - we are turned into consumers by the sellers of apparently useful stuff for the lab. But then I get that feeling that I need this special piece of equipment to improve my science. I now have to get that Mullis special edition, price does not matter.