2) What are you doing today?
Today, I am continuing a literature review on DNA barcoding methodology and placing supply orders. This molecular technique analyzes differences in short sequences of DNA from a "barcode" region of a mitochondrial gene to match unidentified specimens to known sequences held in global databases. In lionfish, this technique will be useful in determining the exact prey items consumed that are no longer identifiable to species because of digestion. This methodology is precise and requires expensive laboratory reagents, so careful research between biotech companies is necessary order the correct materials while following my budget.
Thank you Kristen!!! Next month we'll talk to another C-IMAGE student about his/her research... Stay tuned!