Algae Gene Could Aid Fishing Industry

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
10 November 2008, at 12:00am

TAIWAN - Marine biologists at National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU) have identified a gene, called ScDSP, that can control cell death in algae, sources at Keelung City university said.

According to the TaipeiTimes, researchers said the findings could help predict declines in algae populations, which could help the fishing industry.

In addition, by manipulating the expression of the gene, scientists might be able to trigger the death of the carbon-absorbing organisms, which could reduce greenhouse gases in a given area by causing them to sink.