conference presentation
Megan Swim, Scripps '12
Megan Swim, Scripps '12 and thesis student in the laboratory of Dr. Patrick Ferree, presented her work on a "selfish" B chromosome at the annual Drosophila Annual Conference in Chicago. Megan and Dr. Ferree are investigating how this B chromosome manipulates early development of its host, Nasonia vitripennis (the jewel wasp), for its own benefit. They found that this chromosome alters or evades normal nuclear organization in the transmitting sperm cells for its propagation. Their work adds a new dimension to the selfish nature of this genome parasite, and provides insights into the phenomenon of genome conflict.  


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