Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences faces financial troubles and understaffing.
The academy raised money to establish the DNA lab and equip it with an automated sequencer that reads DNA extracted from tissue samples. It has raised $1.3 million of $5 million needed to fund staff and other equipment and endow it.
The academy used the DNA lab to help determine that a catfish found in a river in Chiapas, Mexico, was a previously undocumented species.
Here are my previous posts on that catfish, Lacantunia Enigmatica.Posted by Dave at December 04, 2005 11:41 AM