Maple Scholars Project Reports
Physiology and Genomics of Ethanol-Induced Stress in Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) Dr. Andrew Ammons, Maple Scholars Greg Thiessen and Peter Martin Through design and construction of a flow-through "inebriometer," the behavioral and physiological effects of ethanol vapor exposure can be observed in the honey bee. The honey bee is an excellent bio-medical model due to genomic similarities between bees and humans, the ease of culture, the ability to sample clonal individuals, and the ecological relevance of this species. In these experiments, the existence of ethanol tolerance (physiological tolerance to the effects of ethanol ingestion after repeated exposure) in honey bees was confirmed, and polymorphic genes influencing this tolerance were isolated and amplified using current molecular genetic techniques (primer design, polymerase chain reaction, agarose gel visualization). This research could provide insight into similar processes of ethanol sensitivity that occur in related species (including humans).
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