My Experiments with Crowdfunding - Cilia and Chalamydomonas | #SciFund |
I take genes from humans or mice that i know are important for cilia (I know this from previous studies) and i put them in bacteria. Why? Because bacteria are easy to grow, easy to kill, AND given the proper nourishment will keep my gene of interest in very good condition. This act of putting a gene into the bacteria is called cloning (bacterial cloning in this case). Once i’ve cloned the gene in, the bacteria start making many copies of it. This happenes because when they replicate, they replicate all the DNA present in them, including the gene i put in!