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MEPS 332:249-255 (2007)  -  doi:10.3354/meps332249

Genomics-enabled research in marine ecology: challenges, risks and pay-offs

Gretchen E. Hofmann*, Sean P. Place

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106-9610, USA

ABSTRACT: Genomics-enabled applications are becoming increasingly common in conjunction with research in marine ecology. In this Theme Section, we review the success of cases where techniques used to profile gene expression have been used to gain new insight into 3 areas of research: symbioses in marine invertebrates, physiological responses to environmental conditions, and examining the determinants of species-range boundaries in marine ecosystems. In addition, we briefly discuss the challenges facing new practitioners of these techniques, including an overview of essential equipment to conduct research in ecological genomics.

KEY WORDS: DNA microarrays · Gene expression · Genomics · Marine ecology · Transcriptomics

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