Final Thoughts

Summary:

This semester, I initially wanted to explore the incidence of cloning in brittle star larvae, specifically in the daisy brittlestar, Ophiopholis aculeata. Larval cloning is a phenomenon found in many echinoderm species, but is least studied in brittle stars. My goal was to learn more about what induces cloning in brittle stars, to help better understand why they clone. Due to complications with spawning the adult brittle stars, I ended up changing projects to focus on the effects of different fluorescent stains on brood star larvae from the species Leptasterias tenera. 

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The Research Rollercoaster

My research project has seen many twists and turns this semester, but things are finally starting to look up.

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