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Dr. Eric Crandall, CSU Monterey Bay, and collaborators from Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and the Berkeley Natural History Museum have created a new publicly available database for genomic data. The database will catalogue metadata associated with biologic samples, making it easier for researchers to share and reuse genetic data for environmental and ecological analyses. “Studying the world’s biodiversity requires collaborative effort by laboratories around the world, in developed and developing countries alike,” said Eric Crandall, assistant professor at CSUMB’s School of Natural Sciences and the senior author on the paper. “As the name suggests, GeOMe unites geospatial and environmental metadata with genomic data, and allows it to be shared in a structured, searchable manner.”
Dr. Dave Ebert of Moss Landing Marine Labs has identified a new species of shark, Etmopterus lailae. This shark is less than one foot long, weighs two pounds and is a member of the Lanternshark family. There are about 450 species of shark known today worldwide.
Dr. Chris Lowe of CSU Long Beach will be featured on Discovery Channel's Shark Week in a segment titled, "Sharks and the City: LA". Lowe’s segment, “Sharks and the City: LA,” will air Tuesday, July 25, at 9 p.m.
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