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What an exciting day in Montenegro! Our molecular biology team led by Massimo Delledonne with Marta Paterno and Simone Maestri performed for the first time ever, DNA SEQUENCING IN A CAVE!
Guided by our team leader and cave biologist Iva Njunjić, our team hiked high up the mountain to reach the cave entrance, crawled through narrow passages with the portable DNA lab, and got really, really cold. We set up a complete lab in the cave and used a novel device from @oxfordnanopore , the VOLTRAX system which replaces a thermocycler, an incubator and a shaker, allowing for much easier and compact DNA library preparation.
Combined with an housemade centrifuge (made from a salad spinner) and the MinION sequencer from Oxford Nanopore Technologies, we were able to extract and sequence DNA in a few hours in a totally hostile environment.
This is certainly the first time ever this was attempted and we are very proud of this achievement
Part of the work in the "cave lab" was done by citizen scientist Mariela González. Our expedition photographer Pierre Escoubas documented the entire event.
Bravo Taxon Expeditions team!!! #sequencing #DNA #oxfordnanopore #minion #technology #newtechnology #taxonexpeditions #cave #molecularbiology #science #scientistsatwork #scientistswhoselfie #lab #fieldlab #fieldbiology #citizenscience #citizensciencetravel