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Best Practices in Marine sample preparation

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When the ocean is dying, the planet is too… Coral reefs are already heavily affected, but the entire marine flora and fauna is threatened by ocean acidification and global warming. According to Australian researchers, greenhouse gas emissions might lead to a “collapse” of marine species and thus of the food chain. 10 to 12% of the species might disappear if the temperature increases by 2 °C compared to the pre-industrial era.

As an example the loss of corals will be a disaster for 500 million people who depend on this ecosystem to live and feed themselves. Advances in research regarding the behavior of the marine world (seeds, eggs, larvae, corals reef, algae…) using protein markers, genetics and direct observations allow researchers to better apprehend the biodiversity and ecological balance. As these researches are characterized by a large variety of life forms, researchers need a flexible tool to prepare their sample before proceeding to molecular downstream analysis.

Bertin Instruments offers a broad range of robust, efficient and flexible homogenizers based on the bead beating technology, to grind any biological sample while maintaining reproducibility amongst biological replicates and eliminating cross-contamination. Precellys homogenizers are frequently used on research protocols ensuring a fast and efficient sample disruption process.

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