Too sick to die? And some new ideas…

After returning from travels to Oregon and Seattle, Ian met with Elliot to discuss how the inoculation experiments had proceeded. As a bit of history, the team (and collaborators) had performed the exact same experiments a number of times, and only sometimes is it successful – most recently the experiments performed by Drew Harvell’s group … More Too sick to die? And some new ideas…

Corvallis, Hatfield Marine Science Center, and Experiments

On Thursday morning, Ian visited the Vega Thurber lab at Oregon State University. The Vega Thurber lab works on viral (and bacterial) ecology of invertebrates, notably corals, so there is much synergy between our research groups. After breakfast, we talked about common problems associated with metavirome annotation, specifically the presence of many contaminants in reagents, … More Corvallis, Hatfield Marine Science Center, and Experiments

Challenge Experiment Day 2 and Off to Oregon / Washington

Performing an experiment like this, so far from the oceans, has been a real challenge, since keeping the animals happy and fed, all in appropriate water quality conditions, takes considerable monitoring effort. Chaunte, Eva, Jacob and Mitch have been working behind-the-scenes to make sure we have accurate and regular data on all chemical parameters. All … More Challenge Experiment Day 2 and Off to Oregon / Washington