(From Science Daily)– Shikuma studies the life cycles of sea creatures like barnacles, sea squirts, urchins and tubeworms. A unique feature of these organisms is their reliance on a bacterial cue present in the environment to trigger metamorphosis. The specific bacteria they interact with have tiny, spear-like appendages that shoot out into the cells of the sea organisms and spur their metamorphosis. It’s during this metamorphic stage that the organisms settle upon a surface like a ship bottom.
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