The genetic code of DNA and RNA is universal to all life on Earth. Extracting genetic elements from water samples is a powerful tool for surveying and monitoring the organisms living in our oceans, including those that pose risks to humans and industries such as aquaculture. However, the current samplers capable of this kind of high-resolution measurement are too expensive and complicated to be widely used.
Theme 1 will develop low-cost, user-friendly ecogenomic samplers and Nucleic Acid (NA) sensors. These technologies will enable more organisations to conduct effective collection, processing and analysis of a high number of samples. Facilitating a greater range of sampling activity will power new insights into life in the oceans.