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 […]

Congratulations, Alan Kuzirian!

April 22nd, 2016 @

Please join us in congratulating Alan Kuzirian who has recently been appointed to the position of Senior Scientist in the Bell Center. This promotion comes in recognition of his many significant achievements and contributions to the MBL over the years. Alan came to the MBL in 1979 as a post-doc in the Lab of Biophysics, […]

Bell Center Scientists Identify Drug that Improves Neuronal Survival after Spinal Cord Injury in Lamprey

February 17th, 2016 @

  Spinal cord injury (SCI) in humans typically has a poor prognosis, including permanent losses in mobility and sensation, reflecting in part our very limited capacity for neural regeneration. To understand these limits on recovery after SCI, MBL Associate Scientist Jennifer Morgan studies the lamprey,     a fish that can spontaneously regenerate neurons after SCI […]

“Drawing Embryos, Seeing Development”

February 9th, 2016 @

Biologists today often take hundreds of photographs of what they see through the microscope. Those images are then sorted through, compiled, and sometimes even slightly modified to produce publishable figures. Prior to when photographic methods began making their way into biology labs and journals, this meant you had to draw it. While drawing by hand […]

“Natural Born Hustlers” on PBS Features Roger Hanlon’s Camouflaging Cuttlefish

January 25th, 2016 @

Cuttlefish are astonishingly good at using camouflage to hide from their predators, so it’s right they take a starring role in a new PBS mini-series called “Natural Born Hustlers.” “Meet the planet’s greatest animal hustlers – the con artists, impersonators, and thieves – animals that will do whatever it takes to survive,” the show’s introduction […]