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Diagnosing the Sea – Proteins and Ocean Health

Collecting water samples (Brian Dimento, UCONN)

Collecting water samples (Brian Dimento, UCONN)

Proteomics is the study of cellular proteins and their functions. It’s a relatively new science but a productive one, yielding insights into maladies like tumors, cancers, and renal disease. Proteomic analysis is becoming an essential tool in the study of human health.

Now, a team of scientists has extended proteomics to the study of ocean health.

In a recent paper published in Science, the team described how they identified and measured proteins in the ocean to determine the responses of single-celled organisms to their environment. Proteomics is bringing a new perspective to the understanding of ocean ecosystems.

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