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"Parrots of the Caribbean: Leading in the age of genome exploration" | Taras Oleskyk | TEDxUPR
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Added Jul 25, 2016
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We live in the age of the great discovery, scientists armed with the new sequencing technology explore and map DNA in the genomes of all the living species. Although this is an expensive task, a group of underfunded scientists turns to the local community and raises enough money to publish a genome of an endangered species of parrots. Is this an example of how science is going to develop in the future?

Vivimos en la edad del gran descubrimiento; científicos equipados con nuevas tecnologías de secuenciación exploran y mapean DNA en los genomas de todos los organismos vivientes. Un grupo de científicos con fondos cortos.

Dr. Taras Oleskyk is a native of Ukraine who came to Puerto Rico from the US to study genome biology of the island. He holds a MS from BGSU (Bowling Green,OH), PhD from the University of Georgia (Athens, GA) and have postdoctoral training at the National Cancer Institute (Frederick, MD).

His research efforts today are directed towards sequencing and assembling genomes of endemic and endangered Caribbean vertebrates, specifically the critically threatened Puerto Rican parrot (Amazona vittata). Genomes of other two vertebrate species are under way, and in the future genomes of all Amazon parrots will be sequenced to provide an genome-wide model to study evolution of vertebrate species on islands. He has been speaking internationally on how to involve the local community into supporting genome science and how to excite undergraduate students about scientific careers, genomics and conservation of the endangered species from their native island.

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