Charles Runckel, a graduate student in the DeRisi lab, uses the Virochip to examine the mystery of bee colony collapse disorder.
Corn was originally bred from the teosinte plant by native Mexican farmers. The morphologies of modern-day corn and teosinte plants are compared to illustrate how artificial selection can bring about dramatic changes in plants.
Dr. Olivera demonstrates a live specimen of Conus striatus.
This species of cone snail immobilizes its prey in a split second with lightning-strike cabal toxins.
A fish-hunting cone snail strikes its prey with a venomous harpoon, causes paralysis, and eats it.
Larger cone snails produce more venom and are more dangerous to human beings in an accidental stinging.
A worm-hunting cone snail species feeds on fireworms, and is unaffected by the prey's sharp bristles.
A species of fish-hunting cone snail quickly immobilizes its prey and swallows it.
A snail-hunting species of cone snail stings its prey repeatedly, inducing the prey to thrash about.
Unlike a hook-and-line type fish-hunter, a net-hunting cone snail lures its prey into its wide mouth.
These are some of the animal species Charles Darwin would have seen when he visited the Galapagos Islands.
A mini-documentary illustrating the importance of the ocean to the Filipino way of life, and how that close connection helps biodiversity research.
An interview with Dr. Michael McIntosh, who discovered the drug Prialt while working as an undergraduate in Dr. Olivera's lab.
The Philippines archipelago is rich in marine biodiversity, including venomous octopus and venomous snails.
The identity of the stickleback fish stumps the contestants on the game show.
Fishermen harvest deep-sea species of venomous snails by retrieving a net that had been deployed months ago.
Dr. Jason Biggs of the University of Guam Marine Laboratory discusses the anatomy of cone snails and introduces us to a variety of cone snail species with different tactics to hunt and capture their prey.
What medical secrets do venomous snails hold? How can listening in on bacterial conversations help develop new antibiotics? In four presentations, Dr. Bonnie L. Bassler and Dr. Baldomero M. Olivera reveal how a deeper understanding of nature and biodiversity informs their research into new...
Venomous carniverous cone snails are a rich source of molecules for scientific research and potential drug development.
Bacteria are capable of communicating and coordinating their activities with a molecular signaling system called quorum sensing.
Cone snails have evolved many different toxins for different uses. Total molecular biodiversity may number in the millions.
The quorum sensing system is a target for a new class of drugs that interfere with virulence without killing bacteria.
A discussion on biodiversity, endangered habitats, and how best to preserve the Earth's ecosystems, presented by the lecturers along with Dr. E.O. Wilson and Dr. Eric Chivian.
In this ten-minute Q&A session, Dr. Olivera answers questions on cone snail behavior, venoms, and biodiversity.
Explore principles of taxonomy by sorting seashells according to their morphological characteristics and constructing an evolutionary tree.