Team Totals Immense Amount of Carbon in “Zombie” Bacteria, Other Deep Life Microbes

Deep Carbon Observatory contacts: Terry Collins: tc@tca.tc; Katie Pratt: katie_pratt@uri.edu  Barely living “zombie” bacteria and other forms of life constitute an immense amount of carbon deep within Earth’s subsurface—245 to 385 times greater than the carbon mass of all humans on the surface, according to scientists nearing the end of a 10-year international collaboration to […]

MBL Signs Agreement with Vilnius University, Lithuania, to Promote Academic Exchange

WOODS HOLE, Mass. — The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Lithuania’s Vilnius University, the oldest university in the Baltic states, “to develop a spirit of amity” and “promote academic cooperation and exchange of experiences” between the two institutions. Vilnius University, founded in 1579, is the largest university in Lithuania, […]

MBL Scientist Osamu Shimomura, 2008 Nobel Laureate, Dies at 90

Contact: Diana Kenney 508-685-3525; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.—With great sadness, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) notes the passing of Osamu Shimomura, Ph.D., who died on Oct. 19, 2018, in Nagasaki, Japan. Shimomura was a Distinguished Scientist Emeritus at MBL, a former member of the MBL Society, and a 2008 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. The MBL […]

Whitman Fellow Andrea Pauli Christens “Bouncer,” Gatekeeper of the Egg

“I think Bouncer is absolutely amazing,” Andrea Pauli says, referring to a very short but powerful protein her lab discovered that’s required for sperm to penetrate an egg during zebrafish fertilization. Not only that, Bouncer blocks entry to the egg by different species of sperm  – hence the gatekeeper-at-a-nightclub name they chose for this potent […]

Study Indicates a Conserved Role for Serotonin in Regulating Behavior in Octopus, Humans

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. — The mood-altering drug MDMA – which promotes positive, friendly social interactions in humans by inhibiting serotonin uptake in nerve cells – has a similar behavioral effect in an octopus species, scientists reported today. This indicates that serotonin has been functioning as a regulator of social behavior for at […]

With National Award, Hawaiian Bobtail Squid Rises to Top as Emerging Model System

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass.– Senior Scientist Joshua Rosenthal has received a prestigious award to develop the Hawaiian bobtail squid as a new “super model” for biological research, capping a months-long search at the Marine Biological Laboratory during which several species of squid were considered for the part. The grant is one of eleven […]

The Rules of Attraction: Whitman Scientists Find Elusive Molecule that Helps Sperm Find Egg

More than 100 years ago, F.R. Lillie of the University of Chicago, then director of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), discovered that eggs from marine invertebrates release a chemical factor that attracts sperm, a process called chemotaxis. Sperm, for their part, swim up a chemical gradient to reach the egg, assisted by a pulsatile rise […]

Large-Scale Study Indicates Novel, Abundant Nitrogen-Fixing Microbes in Surface Ocean

CONTACT: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.— Move over, cyanobacteria! A large-scale study of the Earth’s surface ocean indicates the microbes responsible for fixing nitrogen there—previously thought to be almost exclusively photosynthetic cyanobacteria–include an abundant and widely distributed suite of non-photosynthetic bacterial populations. The international study, published this week in Nature […]

MBL Awards Whitman Center Fellowships to Outstanding Scientists

WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Twenty-eight scientists from around the world have been named 2018 Whitman Center Fellows by the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). These fellowships enable exceptional scientists, including Early Career Fellows, to conduct independent research at the MBL and take advantage of its resources and collaborative scientific community. The Whitman Center Fellows will be […]

Governor Baker Signs Life Sciences Bond Bill with Earmark Funding for MBL Imaging Initiative

June 15, 2018 CONTACT: Gina Hebert, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass. – At a ceremony today at Bunker Hill Community College, Governor Charlie Baker signed a $473 million Massachusetts Life Sciences Bond Bill containing $10 million earmarked by the Legislature for an Imaging Innovation Initiative at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL).  The […]