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 […]

MBL Announces Recipients of Science and Health Journalism Fellowships

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Twelve journalists have been awarded Logan Science Journalism Fellowships from the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), an international center for biological and environmental research and education and an affiliate of the University of Chicago. Now in its 32nd year, the Logan Science Journalism Program (SJP) allows established science and […]

Nipam Patel Appointed Director of the Marine Biological Laboratory

Media Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-685-3525; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Nipam Patel, a leading scholar in modern evolutionary and developmental biology, has been appointed director of the Marine Biological Laboratory, an affiliate of the University of Chicago. In addition, Patel will be appointed as a faculty member at the University of Chicago. Patel currently […]

You’re In or You’re Out! Team Reveals How Cells Can Compose Liquid Droplets

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass. – A longstanding mystery in biology is how the millions of molecules bumping around in a cell “find” one another and organize into functional structures. So it was a big surprise in 2008 when participants in the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Physiology course realized […]

MBL Scientists Describe Major Differences Between Related Desert and Aquatic Algae

By Stephanie M. McPherson Staying alive in the desert is no simple matter for green algae whose evolutionary ancestors lived in the ocean. How can some algal species survive extreme drought, while others desiccate and die? Understanding this difference can provide important information on requirements for drought tolerance that it may be possible to apply […]

Team Discovers a Significant Role for Nitrate in the Arctic Landscape

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass. ­—Nitrogen, an essential plant nutrient, is most readily absorbed by plants in its ammonium and nitrate forms. Because of the very low nitrate levels found in arctic tundra soil, scientists had assumed that plants in this biome do not use nitrate. But a new study co-authored by four Marine […]

Genetic Analysis Uncovers the Evolutionary Origin of Vertebrate Limbs

Media Contact: Matt Wood, The University of Chicago Medicine 773-702-5894 Matthew.Wood@uchospitals.edu A new study co-authored by Neil Shubin, Interim Co-Director of the Marine Biological Laboratory, finds modern-day vertebrates share the toolkit that formed the dorsal fins of fishes CHICAGO — As you picture the first fish to crawl out of primordial waters onto land, it’s […]