(Flinders University) DNA in preserved museum specimens can allow scientists to explore the history of species and humanities impact on the ecosystem, but samples are typically preserved in formaldehyde which can damage DNA and make very difficult to recover. Researchers have used a vortex fluidic device (VFD) to speed up DNA extraction from an American lobster preserved in formaldehyde — with the results providing a roadmap for exploring DNA from millions of valuable and even extinct species in museums worldwide.

Original source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/fu-dei013120.php