Genomic approaches can be applied to almost any type of question that biologists ask. As part of the Biol 244 Genomic course, we have already explored methods for identifying and characterizing SNPs, searching for candidate genes that might function in specific biological processes, and comparing whole genomes to identify potential genomics islands that contain virulence factors. These are all approaches that can be transferred to the study of coral biology, evolution, and symbiosis.
To help you get started, you should visit the various Research Strategy pages and spend some time reading them and thinking about whether each approach might be applicable to the kinds of questions you are interested in.
- SNP identification and characterization
- Candidate genes and comparative genomics
- Whole Genome Approaches