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Project abstract for group reedkm
Transcriptomics of the Domestic Turkey
These researchers have several ongoing collaborative projects focusing on the transcriptome of the turkey and its response to both internal and external forces. These projects include analysis of gene changes in select tissues through normal development and maturation and the effect of gender on these processes. In addition they are studying the effects of environmental toxins (mycotoxins) on the liver and spleen of exposed birds including both domestic and wild turkeys which have innate differences in their biochemical responses to exposure. Finally, they are using RNA-seq to understand the impact of short-term thermal stress, both heat and cold, on the development of turkey muscle. MSI resources are used in both data manipulation and analyses.