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Brian Avery: We study the
development of the brine shrimp Artemia
that live in the Great Salt Lake. Our
major area of interest is studyng the
genetic control of the body plan, specifically
the early developmental events that give
the shrimp its...
The process of sementation is being studied
in various organisms from flies and leeches
to mice and we are interested in what the
segmentation genes of Artemia can tell
us about the evolution of segmented body plans.
In collaboration with Paul Hooker, Chris
Gallati (a Westminster Chemistry student)
is continuing his analysis of effects of
selenium on Artemia from chemical to
biological aspects by looking for genes that
increase their expression after treatment with
Avery and Biology professor Bonnie Baxter are also
planning to test the idea that the brine shrimp
in GSL are eating halophillic prokaryotes in
significant numbers, and might even depend on
them for survival past early developmental stages.