case study three metagenomes

case study three metagenomes - Emily Lin 2/11/11 Case Study...

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Emily Lin 2/11/11 Case Study Three: Metagenomes 1. A functional genomics study that can be conducted to investigate the worm’s behavior that might attribute to their population shifts is to examine their food sources in the autumn compared to spring. Perhaps the worm is drawn to sweet food sources, and most fruits are in season near the autumn before winter comes. Let’s say the worm’s is particularly drawn to sweet food, so they are particularly present in apples, which are in season in fall. Thus, when humans eat the apples and ingest the worms, perhaps an enzyme we have for digesting the sweet apple is also favorable to the worms as it also helps them digest faster and this then increases their mating, ultimately creating an increase in their presence in the human gut during the autumn. Therefore, we can test for expression for the enzyme protein for digesting apples in individuals versus individuals who are allergic to apples, and then see if there is a correlation between presence of the enzyme and the population of the worm, that is, a bigger worm
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