Holy Mola! OGL Preserves DNA from the World’s Largest Bony Fish

There’s a fish that flaps its fins like a bird, eats jellies, and likes to sunbathe—and this month, Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) received its valuable fully sequenced genome. The ocean sunfish, the largest bony fish and one of the most bizarre species in the world, is named for its propensity to sunbathe, floating at the surface on its side to catch the sun’s rays. In … Continue reading Holy Mola! OGL Preserves DNA from the World’s Largest Bony Fish

OGL Combats Coral Pirates of the Deep Sea

With lifespans as long as 4,000 years, deep-sea black corals are some of the longest-living creatures on earth. They are also some of the world’s most threatened species. That’s why Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) is embarking on a new initiative to preserve, document, and archive these beautiful corals. Black corals come in myriad bright, beautiful colors that cover their dark skeletons. Unfortunately, these skeletons are … Continue reading OGL Combats Coral Pirates of the Deep Sea

OGL Teams Up with National Parks for Boston Harbor Bioblitz

Ocean Genome Legacy’s (OGL) mission got a boost last week from the National Park Service, which celebrated its 100th birthday with a bioblitz! On September 24, OGL joined the National Park Service and National Geographic to document marine biodiversity in the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. Scientists and naturalists led tours to record all species including plants, birds, and insects at several key … Continue reading OGL Teams Up with National Parks for Boston Harbor Bioblitz

OGL Samples Advance Critical Sepsis Research

Did you know that sepsis, an overreaction of the immune system to infection, is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year in the United States alone? To combat this deadly condition, Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) is contributing to important immune research to fight sepsis. What causes the body to react to infection? Why do some bacteria produce a greater immune response than others? … Continue reading OGL Samples Advance Critical Sepsis Research

Biodiversity Treasure Hunt on Martha’s Vineyard

What better place to study ocean life than an island? That’s why the Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) crew packed up our buckets and headed to the quaint fishing village of Menemsha, Martha’s Vineyard, at the end of July to host the first annual Bioblitz on Menemsha Beach. OGL’s Bioblitz, our biodiversity scavenger hunt, was a splashing success, with many locals, beachgoers, and Northeastern alumni making … Continue reading Biodiversity Treasure Hunt on Martha’s Vineyard

Spectacular Seaweed: The Next New Sensation?

Seaweed is far more helpful than the smelly, dried-up clusters on the beach suggest. In fact, you may use extracts from these colorful plant-like algae to wash your hair, brush your teeth, and even indulge in ice cream! Soon enough, you may find biofuel from seaweed at the gas pump. That’s why Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) is launching efforts to collect, document, and preserve samples … Continue reading Spectacular Seaweed: The Next New Sensation?

OGL and Biodiversity Partners Race Against Extinction

Every day, scientists race against extinction to study and preserve millions of species that hold important clues for medicine, biotechnology, and sustainability. But what happens if these experts speak different languages, use different procedures, and can’t easily share vital findings with each other? Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) is a leader in the international effort to help scientists and species by making biodiversity research more cooperative … Continue reading OGL and Biodiversity Partners Race Against Extinction