Hulls are one of the most famous works of art in the world, but their delicate artistry is also at the heart of their conservation status.
Now, researchers are developing an innovative way to turn them into interactive art installations.
They say they’re not just saving the hulls but making them more accessible for audiences.
In an effort to help conserve the fragile hulls, the National Geographic team has been working on a new program called the Hull Conservation Initiative, which aims to turn a tiny piece of seaweed into an interactive installation in a park or in a museum.
Hulls, like other marine organisms, have been the target of a lot of scientific research over the last few decades, including research into the genetic composition of the organisms.
The new program aims to explore this work by creating a new form of gene sequencing that can tell scientists what genes are found on the hull.
The hull conservation initiative aims to make this information more accessible, according to project director Jonathan Jones.
The goal is to get the genetic information for the species from the seaweed to researchers who can identify genes that affect how they function, Jones said.
Researchers have long known that certain genes are linked to specific traits that help the organisms live.
However, the genes that determine how the organisms reproduce are mostly located on the inside of the shell, not in the outside, Jones explained.
This is the first time that researchers have identified genes that could help researchers identify those genes, Jones added.
The new program will help researchers get a better idea of what genes in the hull are linked with specific traits, Jones noted.
The program will also allow researchers to get a sense of the overall population of the organism, and which genes are more common in certain species.
The research team has already begun to sequence genes from seaweed that might help identify genes involved in reproduction.
For example, one gene is linked to an organelle called the gastrulae, which produces an oily secretion that attracts the predators of the seawater.
The researchers plan to use the information from this work to help determine which genes might be most common on the seafloor.
Scientists are also looking at how seaweed genes can be transferred from the inside out, Jones told National Geographic.
The idea is that the genes might transfer between seaweeds from different species, which would allow scientists to determine how they are distributed and what traits might be more common or less common in different seaweeds.
“What we’re hoping to do is understand how genes are shared across species,” Jones said, adding that the new program could help do that.
The team is also looking to use this information to identify gene sequences that are related to traits.
One of the main goals of the Hull Preservation Initiative is to create a more sustainable way for researchers to use gene sequencing, Jones pointed out.
The project has already been tested on a small amount of seaweeds, and the team hopes to expand its sampling to more species.
For more information about the Hull Restoration Initiative, visit:Hull Conservation Initiative (HRI) will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (ABIS) in January 2018.