8 thoughts on “C25 – Dittmer

  1. Are there other genes that you think could potentially lead to understanding DNA damage repair pathways like the one you studied? Great presentation!

    1. Of course! This class focused on choosing genes to study based off the expression of the genes during Tetrahymena thermophila mating. Any genes that have increased expression during Tetrahymena thermophila mating could potentially aid the understanding of DNA damage repair pathways. I would also say that any sorting similar to the one used for this class (any sorting looking at expression of a gene when DNA damage is known to be present) could be studied as well. And I am sure there are many other ways to find genes that could potentially aid the understanding that I am unaware of!

    1. That’s a very good question! The answer to your question depends on what function this gene may serve in Tetrahymena thermophila mating, if any. If it plays a role in homologous recombination, then that could impact developmental research. If it plays a role in meiosis, then it could be used for things like STEM cell research. The gene could contribute to many things or nothing much at all.

    1. Very good question! I am not familiar with studying gene expression during mating. I can hypothesize that an event in conjugation would need to be isolated, and the expression of the gene measured. How to go about doing this, however, I am truly unsure of because I am unaware of all the steps required in Tetrahymena thermophila conjugation.

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