Elizabeth Ann De Stasio

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Chemical mutagenesis of Caenorhabditis elegans has relied primarily on EMS to produce missense mutations. The drawback of EMS mutagenesis is that the molecular lesions are primarily G/C --> A/T transitions. ENU has been shown to produce a different spectrum of mutations, but its greater toxicity to C. elegans makes it a difficult mutagen to use. We describe(More)
Phenotypic reversion of the rubber-band, muscle-defective phenotype conferred by unc-93(e1500) was used to determine the utility of N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU) as a mutagen for genetic research in Caenorhabditis elegans. In this system, ENU produces revertants at a frequency of 3 x 10(-4), equivalent to that of the commonly used mutagen, EMS. The gene(More)
Imagine a college biology classroom filled with students of diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The students expect to learn the state of current scientific knowledge, but they are surprised that they will be given a chance to experience firsthand where science is going. The students are doing real genomics and synthetic biology research as part(More)
While many institutions use a version of the Ames test in the undergraduate genetics laboratory, students typically are not exposed to techniques or procedures beyond qualitative analysis of phenotypic reversion, thereby seriously limiting the scope of learning. We have extended the Ames test to include both quantitative analysis of reversion frequency and(More)
We describe here two open-ended laboratory investigations for an undergraduate laboratory course that uses students' DNA as templates for quantitative real-time PCR and for traditional PCR followed by RFLP analysis. Students are captivated by the immediacy of the application and the relevance of the genotypes and traits, lactase persistence or(More)
Digestion of DNA with restriction enzymes, calculation of volumes and concentrations of reagents for reactions, and the separation of DNA fragments by agarose gel electrophoresis are common molecular biology techniques that are best taught through repetition. The following open-ended, investigative laboratory exercise in plasmid restriction mapping allows(More)
PCR, genomic DNA isolation, and agarose gel electrophoresis are common molecular biology techniques with a wide range of applications. Therefore, we have developed a series of exercises employing these techniques for an intermediate level undergraduate molecular biology laboratory course. In these exercises, students isolate genomic DNA from the nematode(More)
An article by Polley and Fay in this issue of GENETICS provides an excellent opportunity to introduce or reinforce concepts of reverse genetics and RNA interference, suppressor screens, synthetic phenotypes, and phenocopy. Necessary background, explanations of these concepts, and a sample approach to classroom use of the original article, including(More)
Tandem repeats (TRs) in the mitochondrial (mt) genome control region have been documented in a wide variety of vertebrate species. The mechanism by which repeated tracts originate and undergo duplication and deletion, however, remains unclear. We analyzed DNA sequences of mt genome TRs (mtTRs) in the ridged-eye flounder (Pleuronichthys cornutus), and(More)
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