Marine Science in the News: Fish heart remodeling and its biomedical application

Studying fish hearts could yield clues to treating or preventing heart damage in humans. Research scientists at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) have examined how fish change the size of their heart based on the temperature of the water, resulting in a larger and stronger heart in colder temperatures so the fish can remain active throughout the year. Rainbow trout, salmon and other species put on collagen in the winter and take it off in the summer so they can keep swimming over a broad range of temperatures. Collagen is a structural protein found in connective tissues; it is the “glue” that helps hold the body together. Rainbow trout are able to produce more collagen and increase

Marine Science in the News: Fish heart remodeling and its biomedical application

Studying fish hearts could yield clues to treating or preventing heart damage in humans. Research scientists at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) have examined how fish change the size of their heart based on the temperature of the water, resulting in a larger and stronger heart in colder temperatures so the fish can remain active throughout the year. Rainbow trout, salmon and other species put on collagen in the winter and take it off in the summer so they can keep swimming over a broad range of temperatures. Collagen is a structural protein found in connective tissues; it is the “glue” that helps hold the body together. Rainbow trout are able to produce more collagen and increase

Creature Feature: Who is the largest tern flying over the San Francisco Bay? And where can you find

A migratory bird to the San Francisco Bay area, the Caspian tern, has a worldwide range and is also the world’s largest tern. It is easily identified by its large coral beak and its size – which is as large as a big gull. This gull-like tern has a white body and a black cap. Its genus name hudros means "water" in Ancient Greek, and progne means "swallow" in Latin. While its English name refers to the Caspian Sea. Learn more about the Caspian tern in this week's Creature Feature (below). The above picture showing Caspain terns is from the Crossley ID Guide Britain and Ireland. Denise Mohsenin serves as the link between Marine Science Institute and the education community. She enjoys helping s

The boat is ready, instructors trained -- we're prepped for another year of science learning at

Now that the boat is all scrubbed and our Coast Guard inspection complete, the Marine Science Institute is shifting into high gear to bring high-quality, hands-on science learning through its marine science lens to area schools and beyond throughout the entire school year. All week long our marine educators and science instructors are participating in a professional development and training that covers such topics ranging from teaching strategies and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to science topics (such as invasive species and ocean acidification) and equipment safety. This year we are pleased to welcome back 83% of our educators and instructors from last year’s season. Be on

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