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 What have we been up to? (APR 2015)

April 2015 April is always the busiest month of the year for us. The semester is wrapping up, grant writing is at its height, the BEES network and Queen & Disease Clinic have their highest traffic, and the summer research season is already in full swing. At last count, we have no fewer than 33 different experiments that we’re actively working on. Some of the larger projects are using in vitro rearing to quantify the genomics of “queenliness” (spearheaded by Mike Simone-Finstrom), studying the disease ecology and immunology of social and native bees (spearheaded by Margarita Lopez-Uribe), measuring the oxidative stress of migratory bees and developing RNAi methods in bees (spearheaded by Hongmei Li-Byarlay), and elucidating the collective decision-making process of queen rearing (spearheaded by James Withrow). Margie and Deniz have been making huge strides in the lab on updating our viral screenings, as well as several other techniques (e.g., new DNA/RNA extraction protocols, estimating queen mating number by directly genotyping sperm, etc…). Looks like it’ll be another productive summer!
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