Microscope Invented at MBL Reveals Density of Chromosomal “Dark Matter”

Posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago @

By Diana Kenney. Using a microscope invented at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), a collaborative team of biologists, instrument developers, and computational scientists has for the first time measured the density of a relatively inscrutable, highly condensed form of chromosomal material that appears in the cells of human beings and other eukaryotes. MBL scientists Michael […]

FACULTY SEARCH: The Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering

Posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago @

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) announces a search for an outstanding, innovative candidate to join The Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering at the MBL in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  Preference will be given to appointments at the Assistant Scientist rank, although exceptional candidates at the Associate Scientist level will also be considered. […]

New Grant Will Establish Core Facility for Genome Editing at MBL

August 30th, 2017 @

MBL Senior Scientist Joshua Rosenthal has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a core facility for genome editing at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Read more>>

Grant will Expand MBL Study of Neural Defects in Parkinson’s, Other Diseases

August 30th, 2017 @

By Diana Kenney. MBL Eugene Bell Center Director Jennifer Morgan has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the mechanisms underlying the cognitive deficits that occur in Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and variants of Alzheimer’s disease. A pathological hallmark of these diseases is aggregation of the protein α-synuclein at synapses, […]

A Home For Cephalopods At MBL

August 7th, 2017 @

By Andrea F. Carter. The California two-spot octopus was anticipating dinner last week. Its tentacles spread out, and the two spots on either side of its body that give the animal its name darkened. Bret Grasse, the manager of cephalopod operation at the Marine Biological Laboratory where the octopus resides, described this as common behavior […]

Marko Horb, Ph.D., promoted to Senior Scientist in the Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering at MBL

July 19th, 2017 @

Please join us in congratulating Marko Horb, who has recently been appointed to the position of Senior Scientist in the Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering. Marko also serves as the Director of the National Xenopus Resource. His research and experience developing the Xenopus model are crucial to the current efforts of […]

MBL Resident and Whitman Scientists Receive Award to Develop New Genomic Tools

July 14th, 2017 @

By Diana Kenney.  One of the biggest gaps in biological knowledge today is the ability to predict an organism’s physical characteristics – its phenotype – from what is known about its genetics. Understanding this relationship can lead to numerous benefits, from new disease treatments to better crop yields. To this end, the National Science Foundation […]

CRISPR, A Molecular Technique, Moves Science Forward In Woods Hole

February 7th, 2017 @

By ANDREA F. CARTER, Falmouth Enterprise, Feb 3, 2017 There are close to 6,000 frogs in the National Xenopus Resource Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. The facility, funded by the National Institutes of Health, studies the freshwater African clawed frog and the western clawed frog, Xenopus laevis and Xenopus tropicalis, respectively. […]

Q & A with Roger Hanlon | Current Biology Magazine

September 22nd, 2016 @

by Diana Kenney.  Current Biology has published an entertaining, in-depth interview with MBL Senior Scientist Roger Hanlon, who travels the world as a SCUBA diver studying the behavioral ecology of squid, octopus, cuttlefish (the cephalopods) and other marine organisms. CB: Why are you so enamored with cephalopods? Roger Hanlon: They are weird but exciting, and […]

Thinking big: MBL historian reflects on science, policy, and digitization

September 9th, 2016 @

By Raleigh McElvery  The MBL is home to a variety of researchers studying a myriad of life forms, but Jane Maienschein is an expert on one particular, understudied species—a sub-classification of historian known as the “historian of science.” She also happens to be one herself. Maienschein has co-directed the annual Seminar in the History of […]