What’s New at the Marine Mammal Research Consortium
What if scientists could take a single drop of blood to determine whether sea lions are nutritionally stressed? In a new study, Consortium researchers have shown that it is indeed possible to detect changes in nutritional status from simple changes in gene expression contained within blood samples. This new technology can help identify sea lions that are in distress, and may provide a means to determine whether fishery management actions are effective at reversing nutritional stress.
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