Lab Protocols


These protocols are presented so that others may adapt and possibly improve upon them. Every effort was made to make them accurate, but in some cases they were a work in progress and should not be relied on without independent validation.

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We recognize and acknowledge that certain audiences may be offended by research on animals and note that throughout the research we have taken all possible measures to preserve the welfare of the birds and cause no undue harm or interference. We conduct our research under the oversight of a federally mandated animal care committee, and we hope that our findings will ultimately be helpful to the animals themselves by learning more about their natural history and how best to contribute to their conservation.

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Recent Submissions

  • Unsure original creator, possibly updated by Kristal Cain? (2013-03-29)
    Protocol for cleaning radio-labeled steroid hormone
  • Joe Casto, Jodie Jawor, Danielle Whittaker (2013-03-29)
    This protocol can be used to measure the concentration of steroid hormones in small plasma samples. This protocol has been copied and modified from protocols provided by Dr. John Wingfield at the University of Washington. ...
  • From Peter Dunn's lab; unsure if updated by Kettlab members (2013-03-29)
    Protocol for extracting DNA from whole blood stored in lysis buffer. Uses the salt solution extraction buffer.
  • Ketterson/Nolan research group, Sara Schrock (2013-03-29)
    Recipe for making Longmire's solution, a cell lysis buffer for storing blood samples for DNA analysis. Also includes recipes for stock solutions used in making Longmire's solution.
  • Christine Bergeon Burns, Kimberly Rosvall (2013-03-29)
    Protocol for extraction of RNA from avian tissue using Trisol and includes instructions for gel electrophoresis.

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