Last time I wrote I was extracting DNA from the Oenothera harringtonii species samples that Matt had collected from central Colorado. So, we have continued on with the research process and are now in the process of amplifying particular loci of the DNA using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method and then analyzing the amplified DNA using the Beckman-Coulter CEQ 8000.
Hey everyone. To give a quick background, I am by far the oldest of all the interns. I graduated in 2007 with a degree in psychology but decided to return to undergraduate academia in order to take several prerequisite courses in an effort to ultimately enroll in a plant biology graduate program. Because of this change in career choice, I find myself working as an REU intern at the Botanic Garden, which has so far reinforced my decision to make the change.