Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Sequences and sensors in the seas

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John H. Paul, Ph.D.
 University of South Florida

Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Pacific Forum — 3:00 p.m.

Two decades ago our understanding of microbial life in the seas was limited to what we could observe with the microscope. The advent of the new tools of biology (genetics, genomics, and proteomics) have revealed a startling and unsuspected diversity of microbes in the seas. This lecture will underscore these findings by focusing on a recently completed viral genome and the expression, diversity and organization of carbon fixation genes in oceanic picoplankton. Genetic information derived from these studies has been used to design sensors for the detection of harmful microbes in coastal environments. Specifically, carbon fixation gene sequence information has been used to design sensors for harmful algal bloom detection.

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