August 27, 2021
If you have been following developments at the museum lately, you may be aware that Associate Curator of Recent Invertebrates Dr. Kal Ivanov and Myriapodologist Dr. Jackson Means have been setting up a molecular lab at the VMNH. Well, we are excited to announce that the first DNA extraction has been conducted in the new lab, which included a variety of taxa, including millipedes, ants, and isopods!
Dr. Means walked Dr. Ivanov and Biology Research Technician Liberty Hightower through the process and was impressed by how quickly the two field biologists took to molecular work. The new molecular lab will facilitate research at the museum, including the description of species new to science!
We look forward to all of the discoveries that will come out of this lab and we'll post updates regularly. Stay tuned!