Dr. Jed Goldstone, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
"The Chemical Defensome: Sensing and Responding to Pollution in Marine Animals"
Abstract: Aquatic animals are exposed to a vast array of toxic chemicals, both natural and man-made, with both individual and population-wide effects. A huge variety of genes has evolved in response to natural environmental chemical exposures. These genes form an integrated network that allows an organism to mount an orchestrated defense against toxic chemicals, which we have termed the “chemical defensome.” Dr. Goldstone presented studies on the evolution, expression, and function of these genes in numerous species, including fish and diverse aquatic invertebrates.