Sequencing the Banana Slug Genome
We did it; we will be sequencing the Banana Slug Genome! It's not too late to make a gift and join in with this incredible project. With additional funding, we can have a TA for the genome class and expose students to additional types of genomic data and analysis.
We just recieved the $12,500 match from Ken, Branwyn, Leslie, and Lou. Thank you to everyone who helped us secure the match! With the match secured, we are only $300 from our $20,000 goal
Alumni Ken and Branwyn Wagman, along with their fellow slug Leslie Grate and his wife, have come together and are offering a great match challenge! They will be matching gifts two-to-one, tripling the impact of all future gifts.
UC Santa Cruz is world-renowned for its genomics research; namely, sequencing and publishing the human genome. We have spent an immense amount of time focusing on what makes us unique, now we are unraveling the mysteries of our slimy mascot. We are sequencing the genome of the banana slug.
UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute's sequencing experts Nader Pourmand and Mark Akeson will use sophisticated technology to extract DNA from a sample, creating long chains of nucleic acids (A, C, T, and G). Assisting them in this endeavor will be UC Santa Cruz undergraduate students, lending a hand in sample preparation, sequencing, and developing DNA libraries during winter quarter. This will be an incredible opportunity for students to be involved in hands-on research.
During spring quarter, UC Santa Cruz faculty members Ed Green and Kevin Karplus will lead a team of graduate students in assembling the genome sequence and annotating the data collected from the sample. This will make the information more accessible and allow researchers to analyze the extensive quantity of information.
There are stark differences between our banana slug, Ariolimax dolichophallus, and its close relatives. The results of this project will provide invaluable insight on species diversity, with implications for understanding the evolutionary differentiation in reproductive and sexual behavior. There is not an abundance of information on our unique mascot, but this investigation will provide profound knowledge on our slimy species. In addition, this information will contribute to conservation efforts of animals world-wide.
To make this feat a reality, we need your help. The sequencing materials, researcher’s time, and professor’s resources will cost $20,000. Make a gift to join your fellow banana slugs in this once-in-a-lifetime research opportunity, and show off your Slug Pride!