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INVERTEBRATE MEDICINE, Second Edition BLOG

Hot Topic Article: Simulated climate change causes immune suppression and protein damage in the crustacean Nephrops norvegicus.

This group of Swedish scientists discovered that simulated ocean acidification (year 2100 estimates) and elevated temperature contribute to decreased immune function, as measured by number and function of hemocytes, in the Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus).

Abstract

Rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration is causing global warming, which affects oceans by elevating water temperature and reducing pH.  Read More 
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Who is Dr. Dan Dombrowski?

Dr. Dombrowski is currently the Chief Veterinarian at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) and Adjunct Faculty at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM). In 2006, he earned a D.V.M. from the NCSU-CVM with a focus in zoo medicine and advanced courses in reptile, fish, invertebrate, avian,  Read More 
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Hot Topic Article: Sea urchin coelomocytes are resistant to a variety of DNA damaging agents.

This interesting study by a group of scientists at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science found that cells (coelomocytes) of a sea urchin (Lytechinus variegatus) are relatively resistant to DNA damage caused by a variety of genetic insults/agents compared to cells of a gastropod (Aplysia dactylomela) and the crustacean Panularis argus. The results  Read More 
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Who is Dr. John Chitty?

Qualifying from Royal Veterinary College in 1990, John has specialised in exotic species for many years (see exotics pages). When not working he enjoys all sports especially cricket – though watching not playing these days!- as well as real ale!

Qualifications and Employment:
-Qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1990
-Gained Royal College of  Read More 
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