The MMNS Molecular Laboratory is an independent program focused on conservation based questions relating to Mississippi's flora and fauna. The program fully integrates with the MMNS Research and Collections Program to complement research needs across all taxonomic disciplines (i.e., mammals, herpetology, ornithology, ichthyology, invertebrates and botany), and provides molecular analytical technology to address systematic and population genetic questions.
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The molecular lab is functional with a thermocycler (Techne Co.), Licor Sequencer, mini-gel electrophoresis system with ultra-violet luminescence for viewing ethidium bromide stained gels. Additional equipment and materials include a micro-centrifuge, a heat block, and ultra-cold freezer. Software for analyzing molecular data includes (but is not limited to) Sequencher for aligning DNA sequence data and PAUP for running phylogenetic algorithms.
Current Lab Activities
Proposed Future Research Projects
Future Lab Activities
More fully integrate with the MMNS Research and Collections Program to complement research needs across all taxonomic disciplines (i.e., mammals, herpetology, ornithology invertebrates and botany). Molecular analytical technology that address systematic and population genetic questions is a powerful tool, providing data needed for the successful management of threatened and endangered species.
Recognize and seize the unique opportunity to serve as an on-hands educational facility connecting applied conservation-based research with environmental education for Mississippi and the local Jackson Community. With forethought and the provision of resources, the MMNS Molecular Laboratory can significantly provide a previously unavailable research/educational experience that highlights the use of molecular analysis for conservation of the natural world.