European Documentary to Include Marine Virus Research at Bigelow Laboratory
Award-winning German documentary film company visits Bigelow as part of prime-time series. (4/28/2008)The award-winning German documentary film company Colourfield visited Bigelow Laboratory on March 21, 2008 for a daylong shoot of Drs. William Wilson and Susan Wharam’s work on marine viruses. The company is making a prime-time series about emerging infections and the evolutionary role of viruses, and the producers are including footage at Bigelow Laboratory among locations that range from tropical rainforests to Asian animal markets.
Bigelow researchers are investigating the role of marine viruses in climate change, as well as their potential in fighting shellfish diseases. Marine viruses are essential to the functioning of the global ocean ecosystem, including the carbon cycle that directly influences global climate. They affect the extent and duration of phytoplankton blooms in the ocean -- and help collapse harmful blooms such as red tide. Through their investigation of the evolution of marine viruses, Wilson and Wharam have recently discovered genes that have the potential to be developed for use in cancer and anti-aging therapies.
Colourfield’s most recent production was a three-part series on the human brain called “Beautiful Minds.” The series has been shown on stations in over 20 countries, including National Geographic in the United States. Their new documentary is expected to air in the fall of 2008.
WCSH6, the local NBC affiliate in Portland, Maine, covered the film crew’s visit in its news broadcast on March 27, 2008.
For more information, contact Tatiana Brailovskaya at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Communications Program (633-9633 or 563-6927; firstname.lastname@example.org).