NAI: Astrobiology Citizen Science (PSU)
This project engages citizen scientists in a study of microbial diversity in distributed domestic water heaters. It's purpose is to look at the genetic differences from isolates of similar microbes from across the globe to understand the degree to which populations of microbes are isolated and whether this isolation suggests an allopatric speciation model for prokaryotes. Two-three interested households per state in the US will complete a questionnaire and submit samples back to labs at Penn State where the data will be compiled and analyzed.
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