I hope everything goes well in Aberdeen and I was
glad to know that your proposal was funded by FAIR. We
did not have the same luck with our proposal on
reproduction abd there are no prospects for funding in cephalopods
for the next year (or more ...). Nevertheles, I had
a national project (PRAXIS XXI) funded and I will return to
the ichthyology for the next three years.
I would like to ask your help on the following subject:
I have a MsC student working in a local park with
dolphins (T. truncatus) that is going to study the role
of the feeding regime on the growth and condition of
several animals (8). These animals are observed at regular
intervals and samples of urine, blood and feces are colected
on a montlhy basis. My question is: is it possible to use
the blood samples to extract the RNA and DNA to use the
respective ratios? Do you know any information that might
have been published on this subject or anyone that is
(or has) working in this subject?
We are now trying to collect as much information as possible
but my feeling (from preliminary searches) is that the information
I look forward for your news on this subject.
I will leave next friday to spent the Christmas and new year in
I wish a good Christmas season and a happy 1997.
J. Pedro Andrade