High-Tech Conservation

Words by Mahmood Shivji
An artwork by Sunnye Collins representing a snapshot of a partial DNA sequence of a white shark. A science educator by training, Collins’s artwork comes from a desire to encour­age people to think about science in a different way. Four colours are chosen, one for each nucleobase that ultimately makes up nucleotides. She is fascinated by this micro-shuffling DNA, which ultimately creates every living thing on the planet. The resource for this code comes from the GenBank at the National Center for Biotechnology Information.<br />
Mahmood Shivji
The staggering number of sharks (26 to 73 million) revealed by this study to be contributing to the fin markets brought international attention to the issue of shark overfishing.
Professor Mahmood Shivji and other researchers working at the SOSSRC laboratory break down the genetic blueprint that makes a shark a shark.<br />
Photo by Nova Southeastern University

SOSF Shark Research Center