BTCon17 – Day 2, Session 6

19:30 John Tulloch
University of Liverpool
Coauthor: @savsnet
SSPPOOOONN!!! – Using pet health data to describe ticks in space and time. (In Great Britain)

Ticks are a vector of zoonoses. Surveillance of ticks using vet practices (SAVSNET), could help us describe tick distributions. 1.6 million pet health records (2014-2016) were searched. Cats were more likely to have a tick than dogs. Ticks are found all year and all over GB. This can increase the awareness of ticks and tick-borne diseases.

19:45 Brittany N. Lasseigne, PhD
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Coauthors: Ryne C. Ramaker1,2 (@rramaker), Andrew A. Hardigan, Laura Palacio, David S. Gunther, Richard M. Myers (@RickMyers_PhD), Sara J. Cooper (@sjcoop1)
RNA sequencing-based cell proliferation analysis across 19 cancers identifies a subset of proliferation-informative cancers with a common survival signature

We explored cell proliferation across 19 cancers by calculating a proliferative index (PI) from gene expression data and identified 7 cancers where PI is associated with patient survival, tumor stage, nodal invasion, and somatic gene mutations. These cancers may be particularly susceptible to improved targeting of this classic cancer hallmark.

20:00 Subash K. Ray
New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers-Newark
Coauthors: @abidhhaque, @sjmgarnier, @realSlimeMold
Investigating the role of membrane oscillations during decision-making in acellular slime mold Physarum polycephalum

P. polycephalum is a unicellular organism that can demonstrate incredible problem-solving behaviors, which are believed to be encoded in the pulsatile nature of its membrane. My research work explores and quantifies this relationship b/w membrane oscillations and decision-making, and investigates if a causal-link exists b/w them.

20:15 Angela Andrea
Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo
Coauthor: Eduardo Mendoza
Are tropical vertebrates living in stressful environments?: a quantitative review

Animals living in disturbed habitats often express higher glucocorticoid levels (GCs) than those living in undisturbed ones. We did a meta-analysis to examine the effect sizes of tropical anthropogenic disturbances on GCs levels. Vertebrates exposed to human disturbance had significantly higher GCs levels. Studies focused on amphibians are needed.

20:30 Benjamin Martin
University of British Columbia
Coauthors: Kristina L. McBurney, Vicki E. Maltby, Kristoffer N. Jensen Julie Brind’Amour, and LeAnn J. Howe
Histone H3K4 and H3K36 methylation independently recruit the NuA3 histone acetyltransferase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

We asked how multiple histone post-translational modifications work together to target the NuA3 histone acetyltransferase to chromatin in S. cerevisiae. We found that H4K4 and H3K36 methylation independently recruit NuA3 to transcribed genes. However recruitment does not always lead to enzyme activity, suggesting a secondary level of regulation.

20:45 Elvira de Lange
  University of California Davis
Coauthor: Robert Starnes (@bobstarnes; University of California Davis)
Drone-guided releases of predators for sustainable pest management in strawberry

Spider mites are devastating pests of California strawberry. A drone with remote sensing equipment will detect spider mite-induced stress in the strawberry canopy, thus identifying spider mite hotspots. Releasing predators in these hotspots may increase their efficacy as biological control agents. This project aims to reduce the use of pesticides.