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May 2, 2018

Would you ever think that calling up a natural history museum and asking for their 'crusties' would be a legitimate scientific request? Well, it is, and that's what Dr. Molly McDonough does. She studies mammals and their DNA, sometimes pulling out the genetic code from animals that have been dead for more than a hundred years.

For those of you (like me) who have ever scratched your head thinking 'what the heck is DNA anyway?,' Molly gives a GREAT explanation in this episode!

Molly standing in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History gerbil collection; about to pick off some crusties, I'm sure. Photo c/o Molly McDonough

Molly stands in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History gerbil collection, surrounded by specimens in drawers. photo c/o Molly McDonough

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ExploreAStory is written and hosted by Emily Graslie, produced by Sheheryar Ahsan and Brandon Brungard, with music by Jason Weidner, and made with support from the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.