Northeastern University researchers discover rock-eating shipworm and explore fuel and pharmaceutical applications

Photo courtesy of Dan Distel

Ever heard of stone soup? There might be some truth to that old tale. Researchers at Northeastern have discovered a species of clam that can turn sandstone into food, but not without a little help from its friends that live inside it. The clam is cool, but its little sidekicks? They rock—they could fuel a sustainable future and the medicine that might help us live long enough to see it.

In this episode, we talk to Dan Distel (research professor at Northeastern’s Marine Science Center and the director of the Ocean Genome Legacy Center).