(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?
(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
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!
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
(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
By Sandi Scripa “How cold is it outside?” “Is it true that Antarctica used to be tropical?” “How bad do the elephant seals smell?” “How many people live in Antarctica? Are there penguins there?” The fourth, fifth, and sixth graders at Johnson Elementary School in Nahant had many exciting questions for Dr. William Detrich, as he chatted with the students via Skype earlier this week … Continue reading Presented Live, from Palmer Station, Antarctica!
This blog post has been adopted from Flotsam and Jetsam, the Massachusetts Marine Educators quarterly journal. The original article can be accessed here. For many of us, the term “coral reef” is synonymous with “coral bleaching.” When temperatures creep too high, corals expel their algal symbionts – commonly known as zooxanthellae – which are crucial to the survival of the coral animal. We’ve all seen … Continue reading The Coral Microbiome: From Symbiosis to Disease