At its heart, genomics research requires:
- A biological question
- DNA or protein sequences
- Computational methods to analyze the sequence data
- A critical researcher to evaluate the results and connect the results to larger picture
The Aiptasia Explorer will help you develop genomics research questions and get you started analyzing genomics data by guiding you through different strategies. You can start with any one of the strategies. As you get more comfortable with the data, you'll find yourself combining strategies to ask and answer more sophisticated questions.
In this project, we will focus on one biological system -- corals and other symbiotic cnidarians -- as your entryway into becoming an independent genomics researcher.
In order to get started, you will need to begin thinking about what aspects of coral biology or symbiosis you find interesting, and then find and read research papers on that topic. Once you have this additional background information, you can begin developing a a research question that addresses a specific aspect of coral symbiosis or biology.