Digging deeper into the seastar transcriptome, we’re realizing (not surprisingly) that not all diseased seastars were created equal…Especially those from FHL.
We see a difference between infected (red) and control (blue) stars, but we also see that the FHL diseased star is further from the other ones.
To get a better idea of the individual to individual variation, I made a heatmap.
Here’s a screenshot of part of it. Interestingly, we see that the DB and PH sites for both diseased and healthy are more similar than the FHL sample. Here, we see that DB diseased and PH diseased are both strongly expressing these genes but FHL diseased is not.
We’ll work on figuring out what this means in the days to come!