Details for Phage Frankenstein
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Detailed Information for Phage Frankenstein
Discovery Information
Found ByJulia Gasink
Year Found2018
Location FoundNorfolk , VA United States of America
Finding InstitutionUniversity of Mary Washington
Program Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science
From enriched soil sample?Yes
GPS Coordinates36.868389 N, 76.214583 W Map
Discovery NotesThe location of extraction was decided due to a combination of multiple environmental factors. The location is near a PetSmart and a Home Depot, both of these places would most likely have high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in the surrounding areas, elements necessary for life and favored by bacteria. The water near the sample was turbid and stagnant.
Naming NotesThe name of this phage is a reference to the classic novel, Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley. The phage thrived for the first 2 and a half months of the isolation process. However, these days of prosperity were limited, and after several weeks of under-performing, the phage was declared permanently incapacitated by my instructor. I continued the experiment with the phage of another classmate, but it wasn't the same. I yearned for the feeling of cultivating a phage of my own; I felt as if I had betrayed my own son. I decided to attempt to resuscitate my phage - no matter the cost. I retraced my steps and was able to successfully revive my phage. In a different circumstance, these measures may have been considered unethical, but without a metabolism of its own, it can be argued that there is no ethical dilemma in present in reviving a bacteriophage.
Sequencing Information
Sequencing Complete?No
Sequencing FacilityPittsburgh Bacteriophage Institute
Genome length (bp)Unknown
Character of genome endsUnknown
Fasta file available?No
Final annotation complete?No
Has been Phamerated?No
Uploaded to GenBank?No