The two libraries

23 June 2013 by Kerstin Hoppenhaus, posted in Ancient DNA, Genetics

Marie and her library of ancient DNA are now back upstairs. „This is the only lab, where you have a clear view of the old clock at the German National Library across the square“, she points out. After two days in the cleanroom down in the basement, I share her appreciation for green trees and a view.

Then it’s back to work.

During indexing, a short sequence of specific bases is attached to the DNA-snippets in each sample, so each snippet can later be identified and easily re-assigned to its lot. Then the samples are amplified, copied really, so they have enough material for sequencing.

This is all for this day.

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