Join us for a taste of deep sea science, as we chat with two local scientists about their research!
Margot Schwalbe, Tufts University
Flow sensing in our underwater scaly friends: how fishes detect water movement
The ability to detect water movement is critical to aquatic animals. Fishes detect nearby water flows with a unique, highly specialized system called the lateral line system. This system has structures similar to those in the human ear and vestibular system. Lateral line sensors detect important signals that fish use to catch prey, evade predators, or avoid bumping into obstacles. Studying this sensory system sheds light into how fish and humans perceive the world.
Kimberly Johnson & Nick Leigh, Harvard Medical School & Brigham and Women's Hospital
No arm, no problem; lessons from salamander limb regeneration
The ideal response following loss of a limb would be the regrowth of an identical limb in its place. This feat has been perfected by salamanders, which can completely regenerate lost limbs. We have developed powerful tools to investigate limb regeneration, with the hope that understanding this process in salamanders will provide critical information for designing efforts to stimulate regeneration in humans.
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