In order to protect itself against a wide range of parasites and viruses, the seal population in the Arctic Ocean has been subjected to a massive genetic modification program, which has resulted in some pretty remarkable results.
A team of scientists led by a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom has been working on developing a new type of seal skin covering.
The skin has been engineered to be incredibly resilient to environmental contaminants, such as bacteria and viruses.
While this skin has not yet been used in commercial applications, the researchers believe it may have the potential to be a viable alternative to traditional seal skin that could be used in medical applications.
“The idea of using the seal to keep you warm and keep you protected from parasites is pretty exciting, so it’s a real interesting area of research,” lead researcher Chris Anderson told Polygon.
“I think that the technology we’re working on right now could potentially have a very big impact in the future on the Arctic ecosystem and how we deal with climate change.”
The researchers believe the seal is uniquely suited to these conditions.
“There are some things that the seal does exceptionally well, like keeping its skin clear from all kinds of bacteria and diseases, which is really interesting,” Dr. Anderson said.
“But the skin is also exceptionally resilient to being eaten by other animals, and so we really want to know what that is.”
“The seals have evolved to live in harsh environments, and they have adapted to live at temperatures of up to -35 degrees Celsius.
That’s a temperature where they are not only very cold, but where they have no food sources, so that they can survive in these harsh conditions.”
The skin was first developed by Dr. R.M. Siegel, a marine biologist who specializes in the ecology of seal populations.
In 2012, the first human seal was discovered on the Antarctic ice shelf.
The scientists also recently discovered the first genetic mutation in the genetic makeup of the Arctic seal population, which could potentially provide a new avenue for future genetic research.
While it is unclear how the scientists achieved this genetic modification, Dr. Sessler told Polygon that he was hoping to use the seal as a model organism.
“We think it might be the first time in the history of animals that we’ve been able to do this kind of genetic modification in this species,” Dr Siegel said.
“We have a great deal of interest in studying genetic mutations and their effects on organisms, and in fact this research is really exciting.”
It’s a very exciting time for marine biology.
We are trying to find ways to use these kinds of mutations in marine life.
We know a lot about genetic mutations, and we’re hoping to find new ones, but this is really the first step toward developing treatments that might improve this.
“Dr. Anderson believes the research is not only exciting, but also important for the future of the seal.”
This research could really help us to understand what happens in this particular population and how it evolves,” he said.”[Scientists] are looking at it from a species perspective, and it could give us some insight into the biology of other species, which would be really exciting to see.