• Question: Have you harmed gila monsters at all in your work?

    Asked by savannahswartz to Melissa on 29 Apr 2016.
    • Photo: Melissa Wilson Sayres

      Melissa Wilson Sayres answered on 29 Apr 2016:

      Nope. We have strict protocols on what can be done. My collaborator collected a small sample of blood from six Gila monsters, all approved through our Animal Care protocol board, which at most caused minor discomfort to the Gila monsters. My work is in extracting the DNA and RNA from the blood, and analyzing it.