Post 5: Final Thoughts about the Summer

Hi Everyone,

Today is July 17, the final day of my seven weeks here this summer. I cannot believe it has gone by this quickly. It has been a very busy, productive and gratifying summer. I am honored that I had this opportunity. It has confirmed for me that research is the field that I want to work in the rest of my life. But, before I head back up to Alexandria, I want to leave you with some final thoughts about my research and plans for the fall.

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Post 4: tRFLP

Hello Everyone!

You may be wondering what the point is of all of the work in the previous posts. Where does this research all lead? What is she trying to determine? Well, it all leads right here, to Terminal Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism or tRFLP.

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Post 3: PCR (Problems Continue in Research…)

Hello All,

 As you may have guessed from the title of this post, sometimes research does not go as planned or as expected. We have recently begun Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) work as a part of our analysis of the community profile of the bacterial population in Lake Matoaka and it’s watershed. Here our research hit a snag or two. PCR was not working as expected and our research was stalled. Our focus shifted from community profiling to optimizing PCR.

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