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Thursday, May 24, 2007
I am up to 12 variable sites in my little chloroplast genomes, with one more marker to screen. And... AND... I have found massive amounts of intra-individual variation in a nuclear marker. What does this mean? It means that the scope of my project proposal has suddenly expanded, just over a month before I must defend the silly thing. Phooey.

This is supposedly Emergence Week for the 17-year cicadas, and I have yet to see a single one. I'm very disappointed, but hopefully this warm weather will bring them out soon. I don't remember the last one at all and I feel like I really missed out.


Blogger Semavi Lady said...

Would the chloroplast variations that have been sustained from cellular origins have something to do with diversity in adaptability to various environmental situations? Maybe some plant sources have predominantly one type of genome fingerprint in one region compared to other locales? How about selective differences in reaction to light rays, better adaptability to shade or stronger light? Do they have anything to do with the color that leaves turn when they do? Or maybe the things have a symbiotic realtionship to each other and the sum of communal effect makes up the adaptability of the whole. (don't mind me, I'm half asleep and have no idea what I just wrote)

Anyway, I found you some cicada recipes.

5:05 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

Chloroplast variation might be related to adaptation, but I'm using neutral markers so it's mostly just drift, the result of varying ease or restriction of gene flow over large amounts of time. Figuring where the genes are that do the things I'm interested in would be another project in itself!

My advisor ate a cicada. I'm not sure I could bring myself to do it. :P

8:21 AM  

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