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Hanging by a Thread

Biologist Emily Carrington probes the secrets of the humble mussel's powerful attachment, and how mussels will fare as sea chemistry changes.

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Mussels dominate rocky coastlines and support aquaculture worldwide. Now Washington Sea Grant-supported researchers at the University of Washington are investigating climate-related threats to the amazingly tough mussel threads that anchor them to wave-pounded rocks and docks. 


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