Murtaza Mucklai

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Honors Thesis


Parthenogenesis is a type of asexual reproduction in which an unfertilized, typically female, gamete develops into a genetically identical clone of the mother. Gene conversion is the unidirectional transfer of genetic material from one DNA strand to another that is from a donor strand to an acceptor strand; this mechanism is not expected to occur in parthenogens. This project determines whether gene conversion occurs in a few species of parthenogens. The 18S gene was first amplified via PCR and the resulting amplicons were run on a gel to confirm successful amplification before sequencing. We found that 18S was genetically identical in Aspidoscelis, however, sequences of Heteronotia were seen to not be heterozygous indicating that gene conversion is taking place. Further study on this species is ongoing.

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