Giant Squid Eyes

A recent paper by Dan-Eric Nilsson, Eric J. Warrant, Sönke Johnsen, Roger Hanlon and Nadav Shashar reports on the eyes of some of the most mysterious of creatures, Architeuthis and Mesonychoteuthis, the giant and colossal deep sea squid respectively. We here at Webvision love all things retina and would deeply love to get our hands on the retinas of these creatures to perform CMP and explore them through connectomics, to understand how the retinas are constructed, how they evolved and how different/similar they are to other organisms. For now, we have to satisfy ourselves with interesting papers from colleagues on descriptions of eyes from squid the authors have examined as well as their theories for how the squid use their eyes to track prey and predators by seeing the bioluminescence that follows objects as they transit benthic waters.

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Foundation Fighting Blindness Has A New Blog, Eye On the Cure

It looks like Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) has a new blog, Eye On the Cure with posts from Dr. Stephen Rose, Foundation Fighting Blindess’s chief research officer.  Steve will post perspectives on retinal research and other related news as well as posts from the road as he travels on research trips as well as covering vision related meetings like our upcoming ARVO and the RD meetings in Germany which should be interesting to follow.  I’ve added the blog to my RSS feed and look forward to seeing what Steve has to say. Continue reading “Foundation Fighting Blindness Has A New Blog, Eye On the Cure”

Review: Defective Trafficking of Rhodopsin and Its Role In Retinal Degenerations

This is a great review paper on the role of rhodopsin trafficking and its influence on retinal degenerative disease by TJ Hollingsworth and Alecia Gross.  Rhodopsin delocalization in rod photoreceptors has been recognized for some time as one of the first indications of retinal photoreceptor cell stress in retinal degenerative diseases, so I was intrigued when seeing this paper come up in PubMed.   Continue reading “Review: Defective Trafficking of Rhodopsin and Its Role In Retinal Degenerations”

Seminar: Bärbel Rohrer, Ph.D. “Sublytic Complement Activation in Age-Related Macular Degeneration”

On Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 4:00 – 5:00pm, Bärbel Rohrer, Ph.D. will be delivering a talk on “Sublytic Compliment Activation in Age-Related Macular Degeneration” at the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics auditorium on the University of Utah campus.

Refreshments will be provided after the seminar for socialization.

Faculty Host: Bryan William Jones, Ph.D.

Questions?  Leave a comment/question here or contact Tracy Marble at 801 581-4820.

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