Last May 13 to 15, 2013, Dr. Cynthia Saloma and research assistants Gabriel and David went to the South East Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) in Iloilo for DSCF’s collaboration with SEAFDEC on projects involving aquaculture pathogens. On this trip, DNA from shrimps infected with the White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) and Vibrio harveyi pure cultures were extracted and brought back to the DSCF laboratory for sequencing. This sample collection trip is marked as the 1st set of samples to be collected and brought to the DSCF laboratory! The study aims to look into the pathogenicity of the WSSV and Vibrio harveyi by looking into the regions of interest in its genome. At the same time, it will also serve as a training run for the DSCF members in the workflow of DNA sequencing and bioinformatic analysis.
Thanks to our collaborators, Dr. Leobert, Dr. Amar, Dr. Penaranda, Mila, Demi, and Nikki, who helped us and allowed us to use their facilities at SEAFDEC!