by | Mar 9, 2022 | 0 comments

OGL’s Genome Resource Rescue Program in the NY Times

We are excited to share that the New York Times has published an article about OGL and our Genome Resource Rescue program. The article highlights 466 frozen flatworm fragments donated to OGL by Dr. Marian Litvaitis prior to her retirement, and our ongoing work with Dr. Bill Detrich who is donating samples of rare Antarctic fish to the OGL collection. 

“Preserving collections for posterity is a tenet of good science,” said Dr. Distel. We hope this article can encourage scientists to make plans for their collections after retirement and teach non-scientists about the work that goes on behind the scenes!

Read more about the Genome Resource Rescue program and why this work is important here: 

Hannah Appiah-Madson shows where flatworm fragments from Dr. Litvaitis are stored in a freezer at OGL. (Photo Credit: Kayama Szymczak, New York Times)

Interested in helping OGL rescue more valuable collections? Support us here. 


Meet OGL’s new faces—and their new projects!

This month, OGL is welcoming a new postdoctoral fellow and two new co-op students! Did you know that some bacteria stab their competitors with poison darts? In her PhD research at UNC Chapel Hill, Dr. Lauren Speare showed how glowing symbionts use this strategy to...

New Tools for Teachers

Science teachers are awesome! Middle and high school teachers are on the front lines of science education, teaching a generation that not only can save our planet, but must. To do our small part to help these heroes, Ocean Genome Legacy and the Outreach Program at...

Mystery Fish Identified!

On a nighttime dive on a spectacular shallow reef in Cozumel, Mexico, underwater photographer Robert Stansfield spied something in the inky darkness he had never seen before: a tiny, transparent fish with bright markings, devilish eyes, and a gaping mouth...

Spooky Creatures at OGL!

It’s that time of year again, when werewolves, goblins, and vampires skulk in the shadows. This Halloween, we present some of the spookiest marine creatures lurking in the OGL collection! Barreleye (Macropinna microstoma) The barreleye must have a lot of role models,...