1) BGSA General Assembly
Wed April 19th at 6:00pm (W4/12)
This is where elections happen! We still have some positions that no one has expressed interest in: let me know if you’re interested!!
Intramural Administrator (winter semester)
EEL Officer (winter semester)
2) Computational Biology Graduate Seminar
There is a new seminar series for graduate students starting up biweekly on Wednesdays! Tomorrow is the first one, given by our very own Maia Kaplan. Details:
Speaker: Maia Kaplan (Blanchette & Bureau Labs)
Date: Wednesday April 5th, 2017 12:00 – 1pm
Location: Trottier 3120
Title: Intron gain via transposon insertion in Arabidopsis lyrata.
While deletion and recombination are documented mechanisms of intron loss, characterizing the mechanisms of gain has proven more evasive. In this work, select members of the Brassicaceae family are compared by orthologous sequences to detect intron gains in Arabidopsis lyrata. Our approach applies phylogenetic inference allowing us to distinguish between gain and loss, resulting in 17 novel introns of interest. Surprisingly, most of these seem to originate from the insertion of repetitive elements. By examining the sequences of these introns, we describe potential mechanisms for how transposable elements insert themselves into coding sequences to create new introns. We will then briefly explain why this may provide a selective advantage to both the host and repetitive element.
sublets! roommates wanted! some of everything!!