In my opinion, one of the things that really makes working in the Perry lab special is our ancient DNA lab (AKA aLab). Our aLab is a dedicated clean space where we can extract and process DNA samples from really old and/or degraded specimens. Members of the lab group have worked with bones and teeth from extinct species, as well as those from prehistoric specimens of extant (still living) species. Some examples include subfossil giant lemurs, gourds and squashes, and even taxidermied skin samples from Nittany lions, PSU's beloved mascot!
We do this amplification step in our modern lab, which means that our building is full of floating, microscopic DNA bits. So is every other building that contains a genetics lab. Everything aLab-related happens in the basement of one of the Physics buildings on campus, which is rather lucky for me because then I get to go see Dan more frequently during the day :)