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The pursuit of happiness: The basis of color in the happy face spider (Theridion grallator)

Stanford University
Stanford, California
DOI: 10.18258/7860
Grant: Arachnids
Raised of $2,500 Goal
Funded on 11/04/16
Successfully Funded
  • $2,806
  • 112%
  • Funded
    on 11/04/16



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.


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