Hallo, Tübingen

All the fashion at the ancient DNA clean room.
All the fashion at the ancient DNA clean room.

Thanks to a grant from microMORPH Research Coordination Network, I had the great opportunity to go to Germany for five weeks this past spring, to the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, to learn a whole bunch of brand new things from all the really smart and, dare I say, hardcore, scientists here. With the great help of my collaborators, I’ll be treading into new floral and fruit developmental biology waters. It turns out one of my weeds, Chorispora tenella, is a bit of a beautiful weirdo among the Mustard family (Brassicaceae). I also learned how the most precious historical samples are handled for genomic analyses, much of which I will apply to my own historic samples of Chorispora. Hint: clean rooms and bunny suits are involved.

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