Bob Goldstein and colleagues just published a wonderful open access Cold Spring Harbor Protocols issue summarizing the available toolkit for tardigrades (Hypsibius exemplaris). Check it out!
In a recent review article in Trends in Cell Biology, Bob Goldstein (UC Chapel Hill) and Nicole King (University of California Berkeley) propose that the ease with which state-of-the-art research tools these days can be applied to various emerging model organisms leads the way into the future of cell biology. The technical advances allowing genome sequencing, genome editing, transcriptomics and imaging to be applied to many non-traditional systems allows to study many novel questions at the molecular level. The given examples of emerging models include tardigrades (waterbears) to study survival of extremes, choanoflagellates to analyze animal origins as well as our favorite Aipasia as a model for coral symbiosis. To learn more check out the paper:
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Here comes our most recent publication with the title: “Aiptasia sp. larvae as a model to reveal mechanisms of symbiont selection in cnidarians” Well done, people!
Some bad scans of the nice Polaroids we took at the paper celebration party:
I am happy to announce that our next paper entitled “Development and Symbiosis Establishment in the Cnidarian Endosymbiosis Model Aiptasia sp.” got published in Scientific Reports. Congratulations to Madeline as the first author and all other participating authors from the lab. It´s open access so please check it out: Bucher et al., 2016
The first paper from the Guse lab got published in Scientific Reports. In the manuscript we report a robust spawning protocol for Aiptasia anemones, an important resource to further advance Aiptasia as a model system. Congratulations to Desiree and Liz, the two co-first authors of the paper. If you are interested, here is the pdf: Grawunder et al., 2015
This week the report on the sequencing of the Aiptasia genome was published in PNAS. Congrats to Sebastian on this nice piece of work and crucial resource for the growing Aiptasia community!
A new paper published by the Grossman, Pringle and Palumbi labs from Stanford University was published in Current Biology (PMID:24012312). Typically, coral bleaching is induced by the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) under high light conditions. Interestingly, Tolleter and colleagues find corals as well as Aiptasia respond to periods of heat with bleaching even in the absence of light. The so-called dark bleaching could be an additional mechanism compromising the fidelity of coral reefs during the summer. The paper also nicely demonstrates how lab experiments using Aiptasia as a model system for corals complement coral field studies.