Developing a class to show the usefulness of phylogeny in taxonomy
@Anthony came to our last scheduled community meeting and brought up the possibility of doing a crowd-funding campaign to raise capital to run the lab. In talking about that idea I pitched that a workshop for the communities he knows best would be something worthwhile to deveop. Ellen mentioned the taxonomy issues in mycology.
Today I saw this video and it reminded me of the types of theoretical lessons we could teach at this workshop (for fungi instead of animals) and couple with the process of sample prep, PCR, sequencing and tree making
Starting this thread to get a sense of what would make this interesting to the most amount of people and who would like to help with such an endeavour.
Anonymous Wed 1 Dec 2021 3:17AM
|3 - Assay pet stool samples|
|4 - Pet dog genotyping|
|5 - Cannabis related|
|6 - Cheese fungal related|
I think it is a natural step toward human assay and genotyping. Useful and valuable to set up the means of obtaining this data in pets with aims later to be able to move on to humans, if feasible.
Poll Created Wed 1 Dec 2021 3:16AM
Which potential workshop are you most interested in? Closed Tue 7 Dec 2021 1:02AM
Looks like we had an OK turnout of voters. I also think this anonymous voting function is a nice way to not have any strong personalities dominate the results. However, it also means that we lose observations on those who are engaging regularly. It signals to me that we might have to do some sort of regular (but infrequent) check up on folks and remove them from the Loomio if they are very inactive.
Anyways, the phylogenetic mysteries class rose to the top, but there is interest in all the workshops including some that were added to the list. We'll probably get around to them eventually (and if you want to discuss or develop those ideas further please see the context bar at the side of this thread).
I also see a comment about pet genotyping/stool assays as a pathway to human genotyping/stool samples. I don't think that we need to do a stepping stone. My thought is that if folks want to test themselves more than their pets we should troubleshoot protocols for humans. Of course, we have to be careful to not provide any medical claims around these sorts of DIY tests and the biosafety concerns of human samples are elevated. If there are reasons for thinking pets before humans please let us know.
In the interest of not taking on too much new programming amidst plans for our grand re-opening, I will look into figuring out what we need for the phylogenetic mysteries class focusing on fungal taxonomy. The next steps I see moving forward are connecting with some experts in this area and troubleshooting some of the lab techniques. If you have any constructive thoughts along those lines please put them in the comments.
After combing through this thread a little more I think we're at a stage were we should get some more opinions.
So assuming an in-person course with a remote computational component please rank the options (add your own if you want but realize that too many options might be a onerous re-rank) based on which you would most likely want to see come to fruition
|Results||Option||Rank||% of points||Points||Mean|
||Phylogenetic mysteries in fungal taxonomy||1||20.9%||23||2.9|
||Pet dog genotyping||2||19.1%||21||2.6|
||Cheese fungal related||4||17.3%||19||2.1|
||Assay pet stool samples||6||11.8%||13||2.2|
10 of 29 people have voted (34%)