The Ocean Genome

An encyclopedic catalog for Nature as a way to provide guidance and explanations for how life works

In the coming weeks we are exploring some simple strategies for living on and with the Earth: fresh approaches, new technologies, novel ideas, and viable alternatives in an oceanic flow, introducing examples of ingenuity, invention, possibility and systematic engagement with the ocean.

One of the most revolutionary events of the modern era was the discovery of DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid, defined “as a molecule composed of two polynucleotide chains that coil around each other to form a double helix carrying genetic instructions for the development, functioning, growth and reproduction of all known organisms and many viruses. DNA and RNA, its single-stranded, mobile co-ribonucleic acid, along with proteins, lipids, and complex carbohydrates, represent the four major macromolecules that are essential for all known forms of life. This discovery has led to astonishing progress in our understanding of the chemistry of all species, of the origin and working of disease, and of intervention, processes, and treatments that have cured illness and prolonged life. It has also led to the concept of the genome, the complete cellular compendium of billions of DNA pairs, in humans some 3 billion base pairs contained in a single cell. The identification and interpretation of this genetic code has opened the idea of Nature to an encyclopedic catalogue of its parts and their interactions that provide explanations and guidance to researchers studying how life works, fails, survives, or dies.

Dedicated to sharing information about ocean issues: climate to trade, culture to governance. The sea connects all things. Online at WorldOceanObservatory.org.

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