Project Overviews: Genetic Barcoding
Lead PI: Peter McCarthy
DNA is the genetic material that makes up all living things. Genetic barcoding is a technique that can be used to identify individual organisms by sequences unique to their DNA. Researchers can extract genetic material from IRL water samples to identify which members of the microbial community, including bacteria and phytoplankton, are present before, during and after a harmful algal bloom. DNA can also be used to better understand how these organisms interact with one another and their potential to create harmful toxins.
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