Daily Archives: September 18, 2013

Transporting the World’s Largest Fish: A Whale [Shark] of a Task

whalesharkIn addition to the whale sharks, the Georgia Aquarium is home to four beluga whales (Nico, Natasha, Marina and Maris), a Manta ray named Nandi and 100,000 other animals of 500 different species. Since the aquarium first opened in November of 2005, 11 million visitors have experienced this amazing collection. Those of us who are attending the International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI) this year will be joining these ranks as we dine with the fish at the off-site Wednesday dinner event and check out the new exhibit “Sea Monsters Revealed: Aquatic Bodies”. For more information about ISHI, visit ISHI News.
Photos of the transport can be found here, and a short video of the transport can be viewed here.

Dirty Job Made Easier: Microfluidic Technique Recovers DNA for IDs

dna ext from dirtA team of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA, Alexandria, Va.) has demonstrated an improved microfluidic technique for recovering DNA from real-world, complex mixtures such as dirt. According to a recent paper,* their technique delivers DNA from these crude samples with much less effort and in less time than conventional techniques. It yields DNA concentrations that are optimal for human identification procedures and can potentially be miniaturized for use outside the laboratory.