We can’t do this alone! Lots of people have helped with this project, most notably our local collaborators – both in the United States and Mexico at Hubbs Sea World Research Institute, San Diego, California, USA, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico and Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Sequencing is being supported by Roche 454 Life Sciences
Sea Lion Cancer Consortium
The data generated by the students is of publication quality and can be used to investigate sea lion genome and health issues.
For example, an international group of researchers is interested in using the DNA sequences to explore the sea lion’s high incidence of genitourinary (GU) carcinoma. About 17-20 % of known adult sea lion deaths are linked with these carcinomas.