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I'm already stretching myself a little thin with everything I'm doing
right now so I couldn't do it this year. I've been wanting to do a web
site to do with genetics for ages and your idea appeals to me, so when
I get the time it will probably be the sort of site I do.
Might be stereotyping hippies, but I'd expect most to consider
genetics messing with nature etc... and want it banning!! Nice to see
Did you use molecular genetics or selective breeding techniques?
Whilst at Uni I worked in one of the labs, was supposed to be for one
term, but I extended it to about a year. I worked on manipulating the
genes of a bacterium (Bacillus thuringiensis) that creates crystals
when it spores that are harmful to mosquitoes
We were trying to make more potent forms of the genes using
recombinant DNA techniques with the obvious goal to kill mosquitoes
and so reduce malaria infections.
When you know what you are doing it is really easy to manipulate
genes. I personally ran hundreds of experiments and developed an
experimental protocol that speed the process up significantly, it's
published online -
I know what you mean, I've not been able to continue in genetics due
to health problems, I worked for approx. 6 years towards that career
and it was very, very hard to let it go!! but life goes on :-)
What got me into genetics was I had an idea for a treatment for auto
immune diseases like HIV (life extension rather than cure) and the
only way to do something about it was to do it myself. Never got to
test the concept, but have seen indications of the viability of the
treatment in other areas.