THE BEAUTY OF SCALLOPS, PHYLOGENETIC ANALYSIS OF SCALLOP SPECIES
Latayshia Lacey1, Jeanne Serb2.
1Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA, 2Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
There are over 300 different species of scallops found all over the world and that adapt in order to fit their environment. We have chosen to focus on how closely related different scallops species are. This led us to ask the question: do the Propeamussidae clade and Pectinidae clade belong together? We ran 84 samples of different species through a series of polymerase chain reactions (PCR) to amplify our gene and then used gel electrophoresis to indicate if the primers were effective and to indicate if there was DNA present. Samples were sent for sequencing and analyzed for any errors that may have occurred during the process. Sequences were then combined with other sequences to create a phylogenetic tree, which consist of 5 genes. Analyzing the phylogenetic tree we created, we were able to discuss possibilities for our hypothesis. We were not able to conclude an exact result to determine whether the Propeamussidea clade and Pectinidae clade belonged together. We determined that if we had more species involved in this research, it may provide more precise results in future studies.