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Offshore waters around Scotland
None of my relatives exist anymore, so it's a total guess
Phoronids, maybe? Phoronids are a type of worm.
Brachiopods hold a special place in my heart as, 30 years ago, they were the very first organism I worked on as a very junior scientist. I learnt how to sequence by purifying their ribosomes and have fond memories of the work. I am still the only person to have ever looked at anything in the genome of this genus and it launched my entire career.
SO I owe this wee beastie a favour. I can think of no better repayment than being its champion in the 25 genomes challenge!
I have spent my entire career applying what Terebratulina retusa taught me. Which goes to show, even the most obscure study organism can have huge consequences.
These days I work on two human viruses that infect the liver, HBV and HCV, and am helping in the development of cures for both.
My Typical Day:
Teaching students, doing research, talking science to anyone and everyone
I should be sequenced because...: I am a completely unique relic species. No one knows where I fit on the tree of life.
Honestly, do I really look like a mollusc? Look closer, see my pretty veils. You won’t see those on a clam!
I’m a “relic” species. I have ancestors all the way back to 400 million years ago, but no one knows where I fit with modern organisms.
Am I a worm?
Am I a mollusc?
Where do I belong?
You’ll need to sequence me to find out!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
I match my organism here! "Old, very old"