Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Sample collection. Level? Super robot!
This week I've been working up in Cape Cod. Tough life, I know....
The proteomics facility at Woods Hole studies biomarkers throughout the ocean and found at different depths. A complication of the research here is that sample collection requires dragging long (miles long!) cables below the ocean and pulling them up. This process takes a long time.
Fortunately, WHOI has an amazing capacity for building submersible robots!
Enter CLIO, a robotic submersible for capturing proteomics samples (and genomics and RNA and metabolomics and other boring stuff) from the oceans of the world.
CLIO's job will be to drop down to incredible depths, filter sea water, store it and return it for proteomic analysis.
You can read more about CLIO here.