Biodiversity Treasure Hunt on Martha’s Vineyard

(Cross-posted from Ocean Genome Legacy news) What better place to study ocean life than an island? That’s why the Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) crew packed up our buckets and headed to the quaint fishing village of Menemsha, Martha’s Vineyard, at the end of July to host the first annual Bioblitz on Menemsha Beach. OGL’s Bioblitz, our biodiversity scavenger hunt, was a splashing success, with many … Continue reading Biodiversity Treasure Hunt on Martha’s Vineyard

Greetings from Palmer Station, Antarctica!

Hello there! My name is Laura, I’m an undergrad from Bill Detrich’s lab at the MSC and I’m writing this by a cozy fire at a research station in Antarctica. We are doing a lot of different research here- most of which focuses on fish embryos and fish sampling. Even though the days vary so much here, I’m going to outline a typical day at … Continue reading Greetings from Palmer Station, Antarctica!

Spectacular Seaweed: The Next New Sensation?

(Cross-posted from Ocean Genome Legacy news) Seaweed is far more helpful than the smelly, dried-up clusters on the beach suggest. In fact, you may use extracts from these colorful plant-like algae to wash your hair, brush your teeth, and even indulge in ice cream! Soon enough, you may find biofuel from seaweed at the gas pump. That’s why Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) is launching efforts … Continue reading Spectacular Seaweed: The Next New Sensation?

New Virus Infecting Sea Stars Discovered Using OGL Samples

(Cross-posted from Ocean Genome Legacy news) Why do sea stars get sick? What does that mean for our oceans? Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) is collecting samples to help solve these mysteries. Last summer, students and scientists at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center noticed something odd about the local sea stars: the sickly stars were wasting away, and their limbs were falling off. It looked … Continue reading New Virus Infecting Sea Stars Discovered Using OGL Samples

Thank Goodness It’s Friday…Harbor!

OGL and Three Seas Record Biodiversity in the Pacific Northwest (Cross-posted from Ocean Genome Legacy news) For Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) and Northeastern University’s Three Seas Program, the pristine rocky shores and dazzling kelp forests of Puget Sound are real-world “classrooms” where young marine scientists are making biodiversity discoveries and promoting conservation. This spring, OGL and Three Seas teamed up to conduct an educational “bioblitz” survey of marine … Continue reading Thank Goodness It’s Friday…Harbor!

The Science of Game of Thrones Part II

Greetings fellow smallfolk. Well here we are, Season 6, several Starks shorter and Lannisters lighter since last we spoke. Winter is, for all intents and purposes, actually here (thanks for the nightmares, child zombies!) and life looks pretty bleak on both sides of the Narrow Sea. The only thing we can trust is George R.R. Martin’s eternal power to crush our hopes and dreams like … Continue reading The Science of Game of Thrones Part II

Marine DNA Empowers Cancer Research

(Cross-posted from Ocean Genome Legacy news) Can you imagine that a shark or an eel might help your doctor to treat cancer? Ocean Genome Legacy is collaborating with the Austrian Academy of Sciences to study marine genomes in the search for new cancer therapies. Cancer cells are harmful because their genetic programming contains errors, causing genes to turn on or off abnormally. By comparing how … Continue reading Marine DNA Empowers Cancer Research