DNA goggles

Nhu Nguyen xerantheum@gmail.com
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:26:39 PST
Like I said Tim, the power of DNA detection all comes from the work that
was done before. Without that work, you're just giving me a piece of alien
skin. What I said is within the realm of what we can achieve. That is all I
will say about this topic. It is probably boring and pedantic to the rest
of the group.

On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 11:15 PM, Tim Harvey <zigur@hotmail.com> wrote:

> You'd better let Kew know. Their sequencing labs are unable to identify
> unknowns at the generic level - and that was a lab specialising in a
> particular family!
>  T
> > Yep. Based on current technology (and all the resources at my disposal),
> I
> > can tell you how many individual plants there are, how many populations,
> > how many genera, families, order...etc. I can even tell if a plant is a
> > hybrid, what diseases it has, what and how many taxa of microbes live on
> or
> > within it, what beneficial fungi it is associated with. I can tell you
> what
> > it's chromosome counts are, how many functional genes it has, how the
> > chromosomes rearranged themselves over time, how the genes rearranged
> > themselves over time. Then I can infer each plant's evolutionary path and
> > make an educated guess as to how old the species is and more and more.
> And
> > all of this is only possible because of the many years of work botanists,
> > ecologists, microbiologists, and evolutionary biologists have spent
> > gathering knowledge. We compare what we know today to what was known
> > yesterday.
> >
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