Dr Love's work at Auckland University involves altering theof zebrafish. Here, he explains to Year 13 students from Taipa and Stratford what he needs to know first.
Taipa Area School We’re wondering how you choose a certain, cut it up, and change all the
Dr LoveWhat I think you should be starting from, is asking the simple question: If I have a human disease, what genes are affected in that disease? Let’s say disease, something simple and , that is, mutations in one , one amongst the thirty or forty thousand genes.
You should ask yourself, okay, if I know that, then have I got the same gene or relative of that gene in my model? For me it’s zebrafish, or if you are in America, zeebra-fish.
Additional to that is, have I got enough sequence information of that gene to affect the expression of that gene? So now I need sequence information. Fortunately for the zebrafish, there is a hugesequencing effort that’s being undertaken at the Sanger Institute just out of Cambridge in the UK. So we have a lot of sequence information.
You would need to know the sequence information of the exons of the gene. It’s a, so we are looking at genomic DNA comprising exons with intervening . You need the information to design elements [interfering RNA] that lead to degradation of the transcript expressed by this gene. So the exon sequence data is important for us.