Accession Number : ADA320682

Title :   Molecular Marine Biology Research Training.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Jun 93-31 May 96,

Corporate Author : STANFORD UNIV PACIFIC GROVE CA HOPKINS MARINE STATION

Personal Author(s) : Epel, David

PDF Url : ADA320682

Report Date : 29 JAN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : This grant provided training in developmental biology of embryos of marine organisms, particularly their defense mechanisms. Students were exposed to the patterns of development of a variety of marine organisms, and then trained in the use of cellular, immunological and molecular approaches for studying these embryos and their defense mechanisms. We focused on the defense mechanisms of embryos since this is a poorly studied but important area. Thus we understand a lot about adult defenses, but little about how these develop and more importantly whether the mechanisms in early embryos are different than those of the adult. Also, knowing how the embryo defends itself is critical to predicting the effects of environmental stress, since the embryonic phases are the most vulnerable part of the life history of the organism. The training also included a brief research project, which provided the students an opportunity to use their newly-acquired skills to attain new knowledge about these defense mechanisms. In conclusion, molecular and cellular information about this critical stage in the life history of the organism Is lacking, and the training in this new research area will thus importantly impact the marine sciences

Descriptors :   *MARINE BIOLOGY, *LIFE(BIOLOGY), *EMBRYOS, *MICROORGANISMS, STRESSES, ENVIRONMENTS, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, BIOLOGY, STUDENTS, MOLECULES, CELLS, PHASE, HISTORY, IMMUNOLOGY, AQUATIC ORGANISMS, ADULTS, OCEANOGRAPHY.

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Biological Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE