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Metabolomics - Ocean Acidification

Quentin Cooper explores metabolomics and is joined by Julian Griffin from Cambridge University to discuss the early warning role that the study of molecules in the body could play.

Metabolomics
Metabolomics, is a way of getting a snapshot of the health of living organisms by analysing the fats, sugars and other metabolites present under particular conditions….

It’s a field that’s starting to be used in medicine and the environment – such as working out which environmental pollutants and drugs are most toxic. Quentin is joined by Dr Jules Griffin, Royal Society Research Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at Cambridge, and Dr Mark Viant, NERC Advanced Fellow, who runs the Environmental Metabolomics Research Laboratory at Birmingham University

Ocean Acidification
For the first time scientists have been able to carry out a natural ecosystem scale study of the effects of ocean acidification. Ocean acidification is happening because the world’s oceans have absorbed over 40% of human fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions so far.

Until now scientists only had laboratory experiments to predict what will happen to sea life in a more acidic ocean – that is until one scientist, Jason Hall-Spencer, snorkelled past a Mediterranean seabed bubbling natural CO2 gas….what will a more acidic ocean mean for sea life in the future? Quentin Cooper is joined by the new research’s leading author Dr. Jason Hall-Spencer, University of Plymouth and Dr. Toby Tyrell, National Oceanographic Centre, University of Southampton.

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