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Yesterday I had the most wonderful surprise! Last year I had two wisdom teeth out, and two symmetric supernumerary teeth removed. In January I was able to go pick up the autoclaved teeth, for science, of course. (I also had t...
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And here is our DNA Day Video - See how easy and fun it is to extract DNA from a banana using items you can find in your kitchen and grocery store. Biologist Melisa Wilson Sayres walks you through each step. 
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We are 73% of the way to our goal for the first stage of the Gila monster genome (an incredible creature with unique adaptations and whose saliva has helped advance treatments for type-II diabetes). Experiment is an all-or-nothing platform. Any donation helps us reach our goal: 

https://experiment.com/projects/mttynxpjfpqnqvaenfdp
The Gila monster, with its distinctive black and orange pattern, is one of Arizona’s most iconic animals. A peptide from its saliva has inspired treatments for diabetes, but Gila monsters are
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In animals, sex refers to whether an individual produces eggs or sperm (or both! but that is a story for another day). Sex is determined by different pathways of genes. In humans which pathway gets chosen (the pathway for making testes and sperm or the pathway for making ovaries and eggs)...
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Wherein we discuss the likely anatomical structures of mythical creatures: https://storify.com/mwilsonsayres/dragon-balls
Wherein we discuss the likely anatomical structures of mythical creatures.
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Thanks to everyone for a successful crowd-funding campaign! Now what? See our First Steps: https://experiment.com/u/ZPiBQg
Now that our crowdfunding campaign for the first stage of the Gila monster genome has successfully completed (Thank-you to all the backers!), what do we do now? Transferring fundsFirst, the money that's been donated will be transferred to a sponsored projects account at Arizona State University...
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You can say we have gone bananas for DNA Day. Take a look at our newest addition to our activities including a fun how-to video with biologist Melissa Wilson Sayres that shows you step-by-step how to extract DNA from bananas.
https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/banana-dna
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When talking about this project, many people have expressed surprise that we don't already have the genome of the Gila monster. In fact, we have genome sequences for very few species! Why is the perception so much different from reality when it comes to genomes? Without having done a formal...
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How to extract DNA from bananas, with hand-outs for home/class in English and Spanish! 

http://www.wilsonsayreslab.org/blog/2016/3/17/hzp6ve4a7d56mpzg7obagpisba7c2a
You can extract DNA from your food at home! We made instructional handouts in English and Spanish. These photos are from an outreach event where we helped people extract DNA from Bananas using common household products: Saturday February 27, 2016 Night of the Open Door Banana DNA Extractions and Phylogenetics Although they had us in a lab, you can find all of the materials at the grocery store and do this in your own home or cla...
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I am still learning how to write strong letters of recommendation, but I know enough not to sabotage them. 

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