Matthew Sullivan: How learning about the ocean’s tiniest creature helps humans

Jonathan ByrdEver wonder how many kinds of fish are in the sea? That’s easy compared to the task for the international Tara Oceans Expedition: what kinds of microorganisms infect those fish and other marine life? The three-year mission of Tara was to sample water around the globe and see how microorganism populations vary around the world.

Ohio State University microbiology associate professor Matthew Sullivan was part of the Tara Oceans Expedition, a logical fit given his interest in the co-evolution of microbes and viruses in environmental populations. Sullivan will speak on February 19 at the Ohio State University’s Science Sundays on the topic “Understanding ocean viruses may just save the Earth and help cure your next ailment.”

The event is free and open to the public.

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