Sunday, January 31, 2016

proteOMZ -- using proteomics to understand oxygen depleted zones in the ocean!


What happens when you take the high end proteomics firepower of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) and pair it with some Google resources like one of their big ol' boats?

You get this sweet project that aims to improve our understanding of the huge areas of the deep ocean where there are ridiculously low levels of oxygen. What is living down there? How is it metabolizing whatever its finding in terms of carbon and nitrogen sources?  How will the change in Earth's climate affect these huge regions?

I'd never think to ask these questions in the first place, but I'm glad someone did and I'm excited to see what they come up with after their month at sea (and...you know...months or years of mass spec and data processing time)!!!

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