Reproductive timing and allele length variation in the PolyQ domain of the Clock

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The exact timing of spawning is critically important for reproductive success of minnows and other fishes. This project hypothesizes that allelic variation in the PolyQ domain in individuals of these five species. The project predicts that species with earlier spawning seasons will have shorter PolyQ domains, consistent with research finding in other taxa. This study has important implications for the conservation of threatened and endangered species, such as Rio Grande silvery minnow, Hybognathus amarus.
This project have benefited from the knowledgeable advice of everyone in the Turner lab. The Initiatives for Minority Student Development (IMSD) and the IMSD staff: Maggie Werner-Washburne, Stephen Phillips, Lupe Atencio and Santos Contreras have been instrumental in supporting this project research interests. This research and training is supported by the IMSD grant GM-060201 in compliance with the Animal Welfare Assurance number A4023-01, USDA Registration number 85-R-0002.


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