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How is it that Desert Research Institute scientists are working in the ocean in Antarctica?
Why do you need to travel all the way to Antarctica to study Archaeal gene expression?
How do you get from Reno to Palmer Station?
What are the best genetic tools to measure changes in gene expression?
What can gene expression in archaea and bacteria teach us that can lead to great new discoveries?
What is the Tree of Life?

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How do you get from Reno to Palmer Station? This is not rapid transport! We fly on commercial carriers to Punta Arenas, Chile with boxes and boxes of science cargo and our personal gear for the 1-3 months stay on the ice. Punta Arenas lies at the southern end of Chile on the Straits of Magellan. In Punta Arenas we are outfitted with cold weather gear issued by the Antarctic program, then board a research vessel called the Laurence M. Gould. The transit to Palmer Station takes about 4 days in good weather, and entails sailing across the Drake Passage, a notoriously rough body of ocean water where the waters of the Atlantic, Pacific oceans mix with the Antarctic Circumpolar current. We hit land, the islands of the Antarctic Peninsula after about 3 days. [note: On Alison Murray's first trip to the Antarctic, it took 4 weeks to get to the station due to heavy sea ice!]

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