The Feather Identification Lab, Division of Birds, was recently invited to participate in two outreach events.
On 13 June, Carla Dove and Faridah Dahlan (photo) attended the opening of “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” to demonstrating the investigation of the “Miracle on the Hudson” birdstrike case. The Feather Lab is featured in the new exhibit which is a multi-year collaboration between (NMNH) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Samples from the US Airways Flight 1549 were run on the E-Gel® (Life Technologies) Agarose Gel Electrophoresis System (far right) during the opening to demonstrate that they contained DNA from Canada Geese. After the exhibit closes at NMNH, it will travel around North America for several years.