Sentinel of change: Waterflea genome to improve environmental monitoring capabilities

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 15:31 in Biology & Nature

A tiny crustacean that has been used for decades to develop and monitor environmental regulations is the first of its kind to have its genetic code sequenced and analyzed -- revealing the most gene-packed animal characterized to date. The information deciphered could help researchers develop and conduct real-time monitoring systems of the effects of environmental remediation efforts.

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