You enable real research projects. Once you fund a project, you'll get access to progress, data, and results straight from the team.
Each project is reviewed by our team to make sure that it meets our project criteria. Anyone can start experimenting.
Join an online community of 32,000 explorers of science. Read about our mission.
The pursuit of happiness: The basis of color in the happy face spider (Theridion grallator) Armstrong, Ellie, Stefan Prost, and Rosemary Gillespie.. Stanford University, 26 Sep 2016. Experiment. doi: 10.18258/7860
Genomes are very complex and dynamic--and spider genomes are especially hard. Why is this? Spider genomes have large repetitive regions (where DNA will be in a repetitive sequence like AGAGAG or TATATA) which makes them difficult to assembly using computer software. However, the more spider genomes, the better! The repetitive regions may exist in regions which contain genes for silk and venom, so not only is the genome a great idea for our project, but super important for us learning about spider diversity in general.
Browse the protocols that are part of the experimental methods.