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Juan Pascual-Anaya

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A Day in the Life of a Turtle lab

Posted by , on 9 December 2014

We are Juan Pascual-Anaya and Tatsuya Hirasawa, two postdoctoral fellows at RIKEN (Kobe, Japan), in the laboratory of Shigeru Kuratani. We both have been working for the last 4-5 years ...

47th Meeting of the Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists, Nagoya

Posted by , on 19 June 2014

The heat started to increase in Japan, as the rainy season approached and with it the high levels of temperature and humidity. But this was not an obstacle for scientists from ...

Recent comments by Juan Pascual-Anaya

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.
by Pascual-Anaya in A Day in the Life of a Turtle lab on January 8, 2015
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.
by Pascual-Anaya in A Day in the Life of a Turtle lab on December 13, 2014
'“higher” (although I prefer not to refer to them that way) animals' I completely agree with you, but it's not a matter of preference, but of correctly naming groups of animals. 'Higher' or 'lower', "basal", "primitive animal" are simply not correct terms, no matter how often people that have the insolence of calling themselves evolutionary biologists use them. Anyway, that is a discussion that would probably need another post :) I enjoyed reading yous.
by Pascual-Anaya in A day in the life of a cnidarian lab on December 9, 2014