the Seeds of Science

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Snowshoe hare catching in the Yukon

Gallery: Click on the first picture and Sophia will walk you through her fieldwork.


Sophia Lavergne is a graduate student in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  Along with Professor Rudy Boonstra and Patrick McGowan in the department of Cell Systems Biology at University of Toronto, Scarborough, she is studying maternal programming of young as a result of predator-induced stress in the snowshoe hare–a keystone species of the boreal forest. This programming of the young may be influenced by epigenetic changes, heritable changes in the DNA that determine which genes are turned on and off without changing the underlying DNA sequence itself.


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