Talk:20.109(S15):Microbial DNA extraction (Day1)

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Gulls are sampled with the Department of Conservation and Recreation of Massachusetts at various locations – including parking lots, beaches, and farms (see video at http://youtu.be/KjSETB49lnc). Briefly, the gulls are baited with bread (and sometimes Doritos), a rocket launcher shoots a net onto the birds, and they are then restrained and individually processed. Unlike most mammals, which have different excretory paths for urine and feces, birds have both their urine and feces excreted through a single opening called the cloaca. Birds also mate by touching their cloacas together, called a “cloacal kiss.” Processing the gulls involves measuring the morphometrics (weight, beak depth, etc.), banding the birds with federal bands, and swabbing them to detect influenza virus. Swabs from the oropharynx and cloaca of each bird are transported back to the lab and stored at –80 °C until they are processed to detect influenza virus. (Thanks to Chris -- the S14 20.109 Mod1 TA -- for this background!)

See bird sample assignments below:

Tuesday/Thursday

Team Bird sample Sex Location
Orange 302 Male Carson Beach
Yellow 040 Male Worcester
Green 050 Male Worcester
Blue 058 Female Worcester
Purple 062 Female Worcester


Wednesday/Friday

Team Bird sample Sex Location
Red 040 Male Worcester
Orange 302 Male Carson Beach
Yellow 274 Male Carson Beach
Green 050 Male Worcester
Blue 058 Female Worcester
Pink 290 Female Carson Beach
Purple 062 Female Worcester
White 312 Female Carson Beach
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