"Marine invertebrates in medicine" is the topic of Friday's Evening at Egan free lecture at 7 p.m. in Egan Library on the University of Alaska Southeast campus.
Marine invertebrate are animals without backbones such as crab, lobsters, shrimp and squid. Dr. Sherry Tamone, a UAS biology faculty member and Friday's speaker said they are good model organisms for basic research in medicine and psychology.
Tamone says the nervous system of a squid is much more simple than the nervous system in a mouse. "However, the actual cells do the same thing," she said.
In addition to teaching, Tamone also is conducting research on crabs under three grants totaling nearly $1 million.