Don’t sneeze! We are in the Ancient DNA lab!

If you visit JMM this week, you will be able to see three very meticulous scientists, covered in scrubs, gloves and lab coats (and colourful crocs), working in the Ancient DNA lab located in the basement. Working with ancient DNA requires a lot of care and precision. As this kind of DNA is very old, …

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DNA Degradation and Destructive Drilling

In our third week of research we headed to the paleontology collections room looking for the actual giant beaver specimens.  We found 12 specimens apart from the mounted individual on exhibit in the museum. The specimens consist of a variety bones including a skull, ulna, vertebra, and assorted teeth.  As we photographed the specimens we …

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Students Prepare for Extraction of Ancient DNA

There are several new research projects going on behind the scenes at the Joseph Moore museum.  Sonia Kabra and I, Rachel Wadleigh, are working with the museum director, Heather Lerner, and will be posting once a week about what we are working on.  We will be here for four weeks and we have a lot …

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