Newswise — Each year, WCS scientists author or co-author nearly 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3 Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet – in bite sized helpings – of some of this published work.
1. Sea star wasting disease has killed millions of seas starts along the Pacific coast since 2013, so there is a need for diagnostic tests to evaluate their health.
2. Researchers used a non-invasive technique that is used to access the body fluid of sea stars and tested it on 26 sea stars in aquaria.
3. The results provided a useful baseline and diagnostic tool for health assessments of sea stars.
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Study and Journal: "Coelomic fluid evaluation in clinically normal ochre sea stars Pisaster ochraceus: Cell counts, cytology, and biochemistry reference intervals" from Journal of Aquatic Animal Health
WCS Co-Author(s): Harley Newton , WCS Zoological Health Program’s Aquatic Animal Medicine and Pathology Department