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The undergraduate research capacity of the Marine Science Center is one of the cornerstones of the program and community. Each semester, students from Northeastern’s renowned co-op program join the MSC community, working with...
Identifying Sneaky Snails: One researcher’s effort to better understand the small, hidden marine life on our beaches
When you go to the ocean, where do you look for marine life? Some people may explore tide pools, while others fish in the open waters, but long-time educator, mentor, and marine biologist Nancy Treneman looks for hidden species in the easily overlooked areas of our...
Shipworms are long, thin mollusks famed (and feared) for their ability to eat wood. They rely on bacterial partners to break the wood down into nutrients they can use. Studying these bacteria could reveal more efficient ways to use the wood and plant waste generated on land, says marine biologist Dan Distel.
The Ocean Genome Legacy Center at Northeastern University maintains a collection of marine DNA and tissue samples that is unlike anything else in the world. It has grown to include more than 25,450 DNA samples. And it’s helping scientists expand their knowledge of the ocean and preserve endangered species.
Humans have been selectively breeding animals for thousands of years: cows that produce more milk, pigs that grow to larger sizes, sheep that have thicker wool. Genetic testing, which has become faster and more accessible, has made this process even easier.
So why not do the same with oysters?