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The diatom Coscinodiscus

Disco Ball?

Viewed end-on, the diatom Coscinodiscus is a study in symmetry, reminiscent of a sunflower. WHOI biologists Dawn Moran and Becky Gast have been collecting, imaging, and cataloguing protists (protozoa and algae) from the Antarctic marine environment, while also studying their genetic makeup. The goal is to chronicle the diversity and activity of protists, and to examine how genes relate to the shape (morphology) of the cells. (Photo by Dawn Moran, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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