Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute to Sequence another Blue Lobster

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Ashley from GMGI gets another GMG Blue Lobster from Joey.

Translation: Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute will be sequencing the blue lobster and comparing it to a wild type lobster to find the genes that make it blue. We know why it is blue but we do not know all of the genes that control the changes in chemistry that make it blue.

Future: With all of the genes mapped we could apply CRISPR technology and make all Cape Ann lobsters blue. All we  need an insane scientist …

2 thoughts on “Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute to Sequence another Blue Lobster

  1. Why?

    Glad you asked. Because you can find very interesting things out by looking at how the mundane comes to be. We might figure out how gene expression works in lobster. That expression could be the same as a pathway in human that ends in disease.

    Fruit flis are a good example. Fruit flies have rare mutants. They might be yellow or ebony, short or curly wings instead of normal. There are hundreds of mutations in fruit flies and they were the underpinning for discovering how gene expression and development occurs in those flies and humans, Because we have the same genes. Many debilitating diseases have been cured because we sequenced those oddly colored fruit flies and figured out how promoters turn genes on and off so that a normal fly can develop.

    That’s why. Not to make all the lobsters blue on Cape Ann. That would be insane.  

    Another more clear cut example that would help the lobster: Lobsters are prone to certain infections and diseases as the water temp warms up. That is why there are no longer lobsters off Long Island and Connecticut. We could discover a gene or genes that if knocked out could make the lobster less susceptible to certain infections. We could add that knockout mutation to the wild lobsters using CRISPR. Bingo. Lobsters could still be around after the Gulf of Maine warms up too much.

    None or all of that may happen. It is called non-hypothesis driven research. You just do it. Sequence the bug, collect the data, search for clues. Many amazing things are found out that way.

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