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6 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a Turtle lab”

  1. Great piece! It’s great to know about turtles as I find them amusing animals and didn’t know much about their development, or labs that work to learn more about this. I was wondering if their genome has been sequenced, and what kind of tools you have available but maybe that’s good material for a future post?…
    Good luck with experiments, enjoy the busy summers!

    1. Thanks for the comment! Yes, there are actually three genomes available, including the one of P. sinensis. We published last year that one together with the green sea turtle’s, Chelonia mydas (, and at the same time the group of Bradley Shaffer published the western painted turtle genome, Chrysemys picta bellii (

      About tools, if you talk about genomics, we are on that. For instance, I am currently analysing some RNA-seq and ChIP-seq data related with the carapace formation.

    2. This is really amazing that you guys can also do CHIP-Seq on turtle samples. Is it easy to get hold of antibodies that work well for turtle especially those that may work in CHIP?

    3. Hi WYE. Thanks for your comment!

      I am analysing histone modifciation ChIP-seq data, and for that I used commercially available antibodies, cited elsewhere, and they have been successfully used in a wide range of organisms, from Drosophila to human stem cells. Histones are extremely conserved, and thus antibodies against them usually work pretty well in distantly related models.


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