Genetic Scientific Objective

The catamaran OceanoScientific Explorer called LOVE THE OCEAN will be equipped with a very innovative DNA / RNA sequencing station, recreating the conditions of a scientific laboratory on land. This station will be adapted to mainly solar, wind and tidal energy. Several freezers will be exclusively dedicated to samples to be stored at -20°.

Four major families of marine organisms will be bioprospected:  Anthozoans  (Coral - Sea Anemones - Jellyfish),  Ascidians  (Invertebrates),  sponges  (Sponges),  Plants  (Algae). Four samples of a size of three to five centimeters will be taken. They will be comparable to the lock of hair of a human being. Nothing painful or disabling for the body.  The first sample will be sequenced as soon as it comes out of the water to identify its DNA and RNA.

The second sample will be preserved according to very rigorous procedures to be transmitted to the researchers of the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) who will study it later in the laboratory. The third sample will be sent to Professor Mohamed Mehiri (Teacher-Researcher at the Insitut de Chimie de Nice and Deputy Director of the Institut Fédératif de Recherche - Ressources Marines) for traditional biological study with his doctoral students. The fourth sample will be carefully preserved: either for another scientific use to be defined, or to enrich the collections of the MNHN if it is an organism that is still little known.

The genetic sequences obtained on board the catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN and, ashore, at the premises of the OceanoScientific Academy  (Toulon), will be made available primarily to bioinformatics students who will work to highlight molecules of interest, in conjunction with HealthTechs gathered within France Biotech.


Tuesday February 22, 2022, in Nîmes, Professor Christian Siatka introduces Linn Sekund (left) and Carla Di Santo (right) from OceanoScientific to the very rigorous methods of DNA / RNA sequencing, in the premises of the DNA School within the Museum of Natural History. Once the laboratory courses are completed in July, practical work will be carried out on board the LOVE THE OCEAN sailboat in October departing from La Grande Motte, with the sequencing equipment on board.