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Dan Bock

New findings about sea squirts reveal details about invasive abilities

For a tiny creature with such a cute and seemingly harmless name, the sea squirt has done a lot of damage in a relatively short time.

Now thanks to modern genetic analysis techniques, a trio of researchers from the university’s Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research have identified three previously unidentified sub-types of sea squirts, commonly known as the golden star ascidian, and discovered new clues about their capacity – and possibly the capacity of other organisms – for invading various ecosystems.