September Happenings!

I cannot believe September is over! As I begin to get excited about all things October (pumpkin-flavored everything! sweaters! pun-based Halloween costumes! new experiments!), I thought I’d fill you in on everything I did last month.


August Adventures!

Happy August! I hope this blog post finds you well and eager to learn more about meiotic divisions in C. elegans! When I left off last time, I mentioned a new discovery of multinucleate cells in the mutant spe-6, suggesting that the process of rachis detachment may be flawed in the absence of SPE-6. I…
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July Update

Hello again! I can’t believe another month is almost over! I have spent most of this one trying out some new antibodies on spe-6 mutants to see what else I can learn! Most of my work has revolved around the cellularization defect I noted in June – it seems that spermatocytes lacking SPE-6 are unable…
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June Update

Wow! I can’t believe that I am already wrapping up my first month in lab – time flies (especially when it’s being kept on a C. elegans-themed clock)! I’ve had no trouble keeping busy, from lab chores, to testing new antibodies, to running some really cool experiments! It has been so wonderful to devote myself…
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Characterizing the Role of SPE-6 in Caenorhabditis elegans spermatogenesis

Meiosis, the process by which cells divide to produce cells used for reproduction, is incredibly complex and tightly regulated. Chromatin, which contains the genetic material crucial for forming a new organism, must be carefully arranged and rearranged throughout the four major stages of meiosis: prophase, metaphase, anaphase, and telophase. Chromatin organization during prophase is particularly…
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