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4 thoughts on “A day in the life of a cnidarian lab”

  1. Dear Iva,

    I really enjoyed reading your post about cnidarians. They are cool organisms. I encourage you to consider applying to the Marine Biological Laboratory Embryology course ( for next summer 2015. I think you would really enjoy it and I think we would learn a lot from you.

    Yours truly,
    Richard Behringer
    Director, MBL Embryology Course

  2. ‘“higher” (although I prefer not to refer to them that way) animals’

    I completely agree with you, but it’s not a matter of preference, but of correctly naming groups of animals. ‘Higher’ or ‘lower’, “basal”, “primitive animal” are simply not correct terms, no matter how often people that have the insolence of calling themselves evolutionary biologists use them.

    Anyway, that is a discussion that would probably need another post :) I enjoyed reading yous.

  3. Yes, you are definitely right in saying that the discussion about the “higher” and “lower” taxa deserves its own post. I am sure it would draw a lot of attention and heated discussions…
    This problem I think stems from the way evolutionary biology is taught at universities (and even in schools). Quite some of the curricula follow a “scala naturae” approach, and that later becomes evident not just in the terminology used, but also in the way biological problems are interpreted.

  4. Hi. I’m currently trying to work with Nematostella spawn and the affects of BPA on the cnidarian. I was wondering if there is a specific way to count the spawn. I will appreciate if you will contact me.

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