The Genetic Analysis of Dugongs

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Alava 1 “The Genetic Analysis of Dugongs (Dugong dugon) from Thailand” May 6 2008 By Marissa Alava
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Alava 3 On the day of SJSU Research Day, the poster that stood out most to me was the poster and research from Jesse Bushell and Leslie Parr. Their studies involve the marine mammal, the dugong, which is of the manatee species. These animals feed off of seagrass that grows in shallow waters and, according Bushell and Parr’s research, are usually in the Indo-Pacific and Australian waters. Also according to their research, dugongs are susceptible to extinction and the studies of the population structure of the mitochondrial DNA—or mDNA—is only limited to the measures of, as they say, the “female-mediated gene flow.” By using the nuclear genome for their molecular studies, they will be able to uncover information for both the male and female- mediated gene flows, allowing an opportunity to “create a complete measure of the genetic structure of a population.” In Bushell and Parr’s study, they plan on using nuclear microsatellite DNA markers to explain the gene flow and population structure of the dugongs. Their research is closing in on the areas along the Andaman Coast and the Gulf of Thailand. Along with this, they will also be
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