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APR 2018

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36 ST | April 2018 Documentary Shows How Zebrafish Help Humans "Zebrafish: Practically People, Transforming How We Study Dis- ease" is a new documentary about the common aquarium fish that may be the key to solving some of the most prevalent and devastating human diseases. The film can be viewed at In her directorial debut, Jennifer A. Manner, CEO of ZScientific LLC, shows the unprecedented benefits of zebrafish as an effective biomed- ical research model and calls for additional funding to support the vi- tal work of zebrafish research. This research has advanced the under- standing and treatment of cancer, diabetes, addiction, Alzheimer's, heart disease, Parkinson's, epilepsy, autism and rare genetic diseases. Zebrafish have most of the same organs, tissues and cells as humans, and because they are small and transparent, they facilitate study of the behavior of cells within the con- text of the entire organism. Polar Code Now Part Of Canadian Law Transport Canada has introduced new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pol- lution Prevention Regulations that incorporate the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code) into Canada's do- mestic legislation. The Polar Code addresses the hazards of certain vessels that oper- ate in the Arctic and Antarctic. The Polar Code and Canada's new reg- ulations include a variety of safety and pollution prevention measures, including those related to vessel design and equipment, vessel op- erations and crew training. Canada played a key leadership role in de- veloping the Polar Code at the In- ternational Maritime Organization. Phytoplankton Levels Monitored by Satellite Ocean food resources are most volatile in areas that hold most of the world's marine resources, a new study has revealed. The University of Reading study provides the first ever estimate of the nutritional val- ue of phytoplankton—organisms at the base of the food chain that allow ocean ecosystems to thrive—across the world's oceans throughout the year. These estimates can be made using only satellite images. The research shows that the most significant spatial and seasonal con- trast in the nutritional value of phy- toplankton is seen in coastal areas, represented by 22 coastal provinc- es, such as the North-East Atlantic Coastal Shelves and the South Chi- na Sea. Coastal areas provide most of the world's marine economic re- sources, including commercial fish stocks. The dramatic spatial and season- al variation in the nutritional value of phytoplankton in coastal areas may make them vulnerable to fu- marine resources NEW class of ROV Propulsion COPENHAGEN SUBSEA A/S • Powerful and silent subsea thrusters from Copenhagen Subsea A/S have been developed with reliability as the highest design priority. The ROV thrusters are responsive, powerful and easy to integrate – and will provide vehicles with a unique combination of silent power and high maneuverability.

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