VIU in the news: Calm down, mussels -- Why scientists are trying to soothe stressed sentinels of the sea

October 6, 2011 - 4:15am

By Carla Wilson, Victoria Times Colonist

Mussels can't tell us when they're stressed out. That's why a team of Vancouver Island University scientists has created a new device to speak for the bivalves.

Final verification is being carried out on a microarray, a tool designed to measure stress related changes.

Why should we care if mussels are in a state of serenity or turmoil? It matters because when they are stressed, they can die.

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