Study of Squid and Symbiotic Glow-in-the-dark Bacteria May Lead to Insights to Improve Human Health

Study of Squid and Symbiotic Glow-in-the-dark Bacteria May Lead to Insights to Improve Human Health

Nov 08, 2013

Microbiologists at UNH have received a $716,000 to study the evolution of beneficial microbes by examining the relationship between the Hawaiian bobtail squid and a bacterium that helps it avoid predators by emitting light. Cheryl Whistler and Vaughn Cooper, both associate professors of microbiology and genetics, are the investigators on the three-year grant from the National Science Foundation.

Whistler and Cooper anticipate that their work, by illuminating how the vast, unseen majority of bacteria living on us or in us evolve to form beneficial relationships with us, will help with strategies for improving human health.

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Learn more about the symbiotic relationship between bobtail squid and V. fischeri in this National Science Foundation video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5-VcJyZRc4

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