Random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) analysis will be used in an attempt to identify unique DNA fingerprints that might support the current taxonomic classification of four species of nerite snails found in San Salvador, Bahamas. The snails are morphologically distinct, although it is unclear when the four species diverged. I propose to search for diagnostic DNA fingerprints using RAPD analysis that may support current nerite taxonomic classification based upon morphology. This will allow future researchers to have more confidence when they classify morphologically indistinct species using only DNA fingerprint analysis.
Christina Sjogren, ’03 Brooklyn Park, MN
Majors: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Psychology
Sponsor: Craig Tepper