Gemstone Team OMEGA

Recipient:

Gemstone Program

Amount:

$2,500

While omega-3 fatty acids are an important nutrient, they are not synthesized by the human body and must be obtained through a well-rounded diet. Climate change and ocean acidification threaten the forage species (i.e. sardine and anchovies) that are vital to the production of U.S. fish oil and may lead to decreased production of omega-3 in the future. One suggested solution to this concern is genetic engineering, which is the approach Team Omega will be taking. The goal of Team Omega is to create a novel source of omega-3 fatty acids using genetic engineering techniques.