Chlamy Helps Gut Issues

In professor Stephen Mayfield’s lab on the UC San Diego campus, scientist Frank Fields and other researchers grow algae samples, including one specific species, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. “We’ve usually explored it as a host for the production of pharmaceuticals or biofuels, but now that we are…

Chlamy — a cure for blindness?

Sarah Zhang writes in Wired Magazine that the single-cell green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii have an eyespot that makes use of light-sensitive proteins. One of them is called channelrhodopsin-2. This algal protein, transplanted into the human retina, could one day restore sight to the blind…