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Rules & Forms

GDL Rules Acceptance Form  PDF Download

Users interested in working in the GDL should contact us in addition to filling out this acceptance form before using the GDL facilities.

Rules:  PDF Download

The Genomic Diversity Laboratory is a multi-user facility at the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology (UMMZ) that has computer and molecular genetics equipment available to support research activities of students and faculty from the UMMZ, EEB and other departments at UM. All users share most of the equipment, so, the following rules are aimed at keeping people and equipment safe, avoiding conflict, and improving the working conditions at the GDL.

Ancient DNA Laboratory Guidelines:  PDF Download

The overarching concern regarding the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology’s Ancient DNA (aDNA) Laboratory is that of sterility. Given the efficacy of the laboratory methods involved, together with the fact that “ancient” tissues generally contain only small amounts of (potentially degraded) DNA, even a small degree of contamination can corrupt a data matrix and squander irreplaceable tissue samples. In an attempt to avoid jeopardizing current and future studies, we therefore must follow strict procedures to attain and preserve the goal of a sterile working environment. Here are a few guidelines to both keep the laboratory clean and provide a safeguard for your own important data.