Archive for April, 2007

Hard days

I’ve been terribly busy these days.

April is the beginning of academic year in Japan, so that I have to take care of new members in my lab. In addition, the deadline of a grant propoal was several days ago. I’ve kept working hard on it for a few weeks.

As soon as I finished it, I resumed my own experiments. However, they met a hitch. One of them was cloning experiment, which didn’t work well, because of old plates I made…

Mm… I should try the exp again from the beginning during the holidays next week. In Japan, there will be lots of national holidays, so that the next week is called “golden week”.

During holidays, I don’t have to care about nasty administrative tasks, so I can be engaged in my own experiments in a whole day.

But, still, there are lots of desk works too… I should finished up some paperworks during the holidays….

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Model animals for evo-devo

I’m recently thinking about a new model organim for the study of evolutionary developmental biology, i.e. evo-devo. As recently published an article by Jenner and Wills (2007), daphnids are good materials as well as dung beetles and sea anemones, because they are easy to keep in the lab, and show exellent array of phenotypic plasticity.

Jenner RA, Wills MA (2007) The choice of model organisms in evo-devo. Nature Rev Genet 8: 311-319.

Therefore, I am trying to get a grant for the evo-devo study uisng daphnids.

From this April I now have 13 lab members, who are engaged in the evo-devo works in relation to polyphenism in ants, termites, aphids, daphnids and stag beetles. For me, this situation is really exciting but it’s also exhausting as well (ha-ha).