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Post by dentistrybiology » Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:14 am

Hi,

So I want to do some research _at_ my university, and we usually do smaller animal research (like on mosquitos) mainly because they are less expensive, and easier to handle.

I wanted to start a new project, and was curious if you guys had any ideas. Im looking for the following:

- An organism that is easy to handle (i.e., not a shark), and that is not extremely costly (i.e. not $1000 per organism)
-Something that hasnt really been well studied, that can possibly be published.

Thanks for the help!

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Post by Jillo725 » Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:10 pm

environmental microbiology is super cheap and very easily done anywhere.

boring? yes. research project? yes

just extract DNA from the soil, do PCR on the DNA looking for a specific gene and then find out what organisms are there and have that gene, and then put them in order based on how closely they are related.
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