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Hot Topic Article: Differential expression of American lobster (Homarus americanus) immune related genes during infection of Aerococcus viridans var. homari, the causative agent of Gaffkemia

The American lobster is the most economically important fishery in Canadian Atlantic Ocean waters. This interesting article describes the first broad attempt at characterizing the American lobster's immunological genetic make-up by identifying thousands of genes from the lobster hepatopancreas. The authors then focused on 148 genes involved in the immune response to an in vivo  Read More 
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Hot Topic Article: Corals chemically signal mutualistic fishes to remove competing seaweeds.

These Georgia Institute of Technology researchers discovered that the stony coral Acropora nasuta emits chemical cues when being overrun by the toxic seaweed, Chlorodesmis fastigiata. These chemicals attract seaweed eating gobies that rid the coral of the harmful algae and benefit by becoming more toxic to predators.

Corals in the genus Acropora generate  Read More 
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Who is Dr. Craig Harms?

Craig Harms was born and raised in a small town in northwest Iowa, which being roughly equidistant between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans puts the state at the center of marine research. As an undergraduate at Harvard University he took a year off to work as a research and dive assistant for a graduate  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: 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).


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. 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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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. Amy Hancock?

Dr. Hancock’s professional interests include aquatic medicine, zoo medicine, and laboratory animal medicine. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts and her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a summer internship in aquatic laboratory animal medicine with Dr. Roxanna Smolowitz at the Marine Biological Laboratory  Read More 
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Hot Topic Article: Neonicotinoid Pesticide Reduces Bumble Bee Colony Growth and Queen Production.

As many of you know the syndrome termed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been plaguing the world's honeybee industry for over half a decade. Workers around the globe are diligently researching this problem and publishing data at a rapid pace. This study by a group of United Kingdom researchers focuses on an insecticide called  Read More 
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Who are The Coopers?

John and Margaret Cooper are a husband and wife team, from the United Kingdom. John E Cooper trained as a veterinary surgeon and is now a specialist pathologist with particular interests in wildlife and exotic species, tropical diseases and comparative medicine. Margaret E Cooper is a lawyer who trained originally as a British solicitor  Read More 
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