Navigation Links
Scientists discover bioluminescent 'green bombers' from the deep sea
Date:8/20/2009

In the latest proof that the oceans continue to offer remarkable findings and much of their vastness remains to be explored, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and their colleagues have discovered a unique group of worms that live in the depths of the ocean.

The discoveries feature wormsnicknamed "green bombers"that can release body parts that produce a brilliant green bioluminescent display.

The discovery is described in the August 21 issue of the journal Science and is led by Karen Osborn of Scripps Oceanography.

The researchers introduce seven previously unknown species of swimming worms in the annelid phylum ranging from 18 to 93 millimeters (.7 to 3.6 inches) in length. They were discovered by the scientists using remotely operated vehicles at depths between 1,800 and 3,700 meters (5,900 and 12,140 feet). The first species described in the paper has been given the scientific name Swima bombiviridis, referring to its swimming ability and the green bombs.

Osborn says one key aspect of the discoveries is that the newly found worms are not rare. Opportunities to witness such animals and collect and study them, however, have been extremely rare.

"We found a whole new group of fairly large, extraordinary animals that we never knew anything about before," said Osborn, a post-doctoral researcher in the Marine Biology Research Division at Scripps. "These are not rare animals. Often when we see them they number in the hundreds. What's unique is that their habitat is really hard to sample."

Largely transparent except for the gut area, the worms propel themselves with fans of long bristles that form swimming paddles.

"The depths between 1,000 and 4,000 meters (3,280 and 13,120 feet) form the biggest habitat on Earth and also the least explored," said Scripps Professor Greg Rouse, a coauthor of the paper and curator of Scripps Benthic Invertebrate Collection. "With f
'/>"/>

Contact: Mario Aguilera or Annie Reisewitz
scrippsnews@ucsd.edu
858-534-3624
University of California - San Diego
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Study: Young Arctic muskoxen better at keeping warm than scientists thought
2. Scientists help explain effects of ancient Chinese herbal formulas on heart health
3. Scientists link genetic glitches to common childhood cancer
4. Scientists take early steps toward mapping epigenetic variability
5. UOG scientists successfully compete for research grants
6. Canadian scientists identify gene that makes water striders glide across water
7. Scientists conduct shark survey off US East Coast
8. Scientists demonstrate importance of niche differences in biodiversity
9. Scientists devise efficient way of learning about complex corn traits
10. NIH stimulus funding supports Emory biomedical scientists
11. Scientists find universal rules for food-web stability
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Scientists discover bioluminescent 'green bombers' from the deep sea
(Date:9/18/2014)... BUFFALO, N.Y. A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in ... deep sleep. Discovered by researchers at Harvard School of ... and Biomedical Sciences, this is only the second "sleep ... to be both necessary and sufficient to produce deep ... Neuroscience , the study demonstrates that fully half of ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... research into the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV), a ... humans similar to that caused by Ebolavirus, has identified ... has the potential to lead to novel targets for ... research, reported in a paper published today in the ... at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and their colleagues, ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... of researchers from McGill University and the Quebec ... polyethylene ,microbeads, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and ... from cosmetics, household cleansers, or industrial cleansers, to ... to their small size and buoyancy, they may ... are a global contaminant in the world,s oceans, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):No sedative necessary: Scientists discover new 'sleep node' in the brain 2Research milestone in CCHF virus could help identify new treatments 2Microplastic pollution discovered in St. Lawrence River sediments 2
... Troy, N.Y. The purification of drug components is ... particularly true of drugs that utilize proteins, which are ... Scientists within the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies ... resonance (NMR) to understand and improve an important protein ...
... to anchor teeth back in the jaw using stem cells ... the first time by researchers at the University of Illinois ... advance in the battle against gum disease, a serious infection ... U.S. adults suffer from gum disease, according to the National ...
... recent human trials for a promising new class of ... without shutting down the immune system, some of the ... In response, an interdisciplinary team of Florida State ... genetic screening method that can identify the drug-resistant HCV ...
Cached Biology News:Purifying proteins: Rensselaer researchers use NMR to improve drug development 2Purifying proteins: Rensselaer researchers use NMR to improve drug development 3Technique to reattach teeth using stem cells developed at UIC 2Hepatitis C virus faces new weapon from Florida State scientists 2Hepatitis C virus faces new weapon from Florida State scientists 3
(Date:9/19/2014)... than electricity, to move data would consume much ... growing concern as chips, transistor counts rise. , ... light emitters, modulators, and detectors emitters ... source for optical chips is molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), ... a single, atom-thick layer. Other experimental on-chip light ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... , Sept. 19, 2014  Nektar Therapeutics ... from preclinical studies characterizing the analgesic profiles of ... kappa opioid receptor agonist molecules. The preclinical research ... medicinal chemistry platform. The analgesic properties ... the medical literature. 1,2 Kappa opioid receptors ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... Paul, Minnesota (PRWEB) September 19, 2014 ... from related food industries will gather October 5–8, ... at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, ... will feature the work of food scientists, chemists, ... quality control, and food production management. To date, ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... Bipartisan passage this week by the ... stimulate development and commercialization of new technologies and promote ... of SPIE, the international society for optics and ... Innovation (RAMI) Act, now moves to the full Senate ... are optimistic that it will win passage there as ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Toward optical chips 2Toward optical chips 3Nektar Presents Positive Preclinical Data on Oral, Peripherally-Acting Kappa Agonist Molecules at 2014 American Academy of Pain Management Meeting 2Nektar Presents Positive Preclinical Data on Oral, Peripherally-Acting Kappa Agonist Molecules at 2014 American Academy of Pain Management Meeting 3Nektar Presents Positive Preclinical Data on Oral, Peripherally-Acting Kappa Agonist Molecules at 2014 American Academy of Pain Management Meeting 4Nektar Presents Positive Preclinical Data on Oral, Peripherally-Acting Kappa Agonist Molecules at 2014 American Academy of Pain Management Meeting 5Latest Research on Cereal Grain Quality, Health Benefits and Food Production to be Presented During the AACC International Annual Meeting 2Latest Research on Cereal Grain Quality, Health Benefits and Food Production to be Presented During the AACC International Annual Meeting 3House passage of high-tech manufacturing bill is move toward stronger economy, say SPIE leaders 2House passage of high-tech manufacturing bill is move toward stronger economy, say SPIE leaders 3
... In eCTD Migration And Submissions Outsourcing And, Provides Insights Into ... ... And Europe, PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, July 17 The Scientific,business ... Regulatory Affairs Trends Survey. The survey attracted respondents,from across the globe ...
... Holdings, Inc. and its,operating subsidiary, US Oncology, Inc., ... August 7, 2008., A conference call and ... for the company,s bondholders following the distribution of ... Oncology,s management,team will discuss the financial results. Further ...
... TORONTO, July 16 /PRNewswire/ - Eugene Melnyk and ... see a number of incomplete or,inaccurate statements in ... "The hallmark of this proxy contest to date ... see the Board and management using the,same tactics," ...
Cached Biology Technology:The Scientific Business of Thomson Reuters Publishes Its 2008 Liquent Regulatory Affairs Trends Survey Results 2The Scientific Business of Thomson Reuters Publishes Its 2008 Liquent Regulatory Affairs Trends Survey Results 3
RayBio Human Atherosclerosis Antibody Array 1.1 (4) with Accessory, detects 40 inflammatory factors (for lysate) Class: Antibody Array Products Product Group: Antibody Array...
Catch and Release® v2.0 Reversible Immunoprecipitation System...
... Peptide-Protein Conjugation, Quantities ... Complex Peptides/Peptidomimetics, Special amino ... Structures, Peptide labeling AMC, aldehyde, ... fitting your needs, Chromogenic/Flurogenic Substrates, ...
5-bromouridine 5'-triphosphate (BrUTP) *10 mM in TE buffer*...
Biology Products: