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International Polar Year:
Bacterioplankton genomic adaptations to Antarctic winter

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Applied Biosystems has provided a StepOnePlus real time PCR instrument for use during our winter field season in Antarctica. With the use of this instrument, we will be able to quantify DNA and RNA from organisms and genes of interest in the wintertime waters of the Southern Ocean.

In addition, through a collaboration with MDS Analytical Technologies they have provided a SpectraMax M2 plate reading fluorometer/spectrophotometer for use during our winter field season in the Antarctic. This instrument will provide the high throughput power required for assays to determine nucleic acid concentrations, fluorescence in microrespiration experiments, evidence of ectoenzyme activities based on hydrolysis of fluorescent compounds, and signals of microbial growth in cultivation efforts.