Vitamin water: Measuring essential nutrients in the ocean

Katherine Heal and Anitra Ingalls have struck gold with their latest MMRC research on vitamins.  Read the news article here.  You can learn about Katherine’s general academic outlook by watching this YouTube video.

The phrase, ‘Eat your vitamins,’ applies to marine animals just like humans. Many vitamins are elusive in the ocean environment.  University of Washington researchers used new tools to measure and track B-12 vitamins in the ocean. Once believed to be manufactured only by marine bacteria, the new results show that a whole different class of organism, archaea, can supply this essential vitamin. The results were presented Feb. 24 at the Ocean Sciences meeting in Honolulu.

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