I am a Biology minor and thoroughly enjoy learning and effectively communicating in courses such as Conservation Biology and Genetics. This laboratory report, on which I received a 4.0, is the culmination of a six-week laboratory experiment in my Fall 2017 Genetics course.

 

This experiment successfully inhibited the expression of two genes, Thread and DRP1, in Drosophila (fruit fly) cells using a technique called RNA interference. After considering the respective proteins coded by each gene, I hypothesized that the silencing of the Thread gene would result in cell death, while the silencing of the DRP1 gene would result in larger, fused mitochondria in the cell.

 

As confirmed in the Discussion section, both hypotheses proved to be correct.

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Genetics Laboratory Report
Written by Erin Leamy
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