May 25, 2015

MBL Awards Fellowships to Science and Health Journalists to “Get Their Hands-On Research”

2009 Biomedical Fellow Juliana Tiroboschi  on the MBL's specimen collecting vessel, the R/V Gemma.

Contact: Diana Kenney 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Fifteen science journalists have been awarded Logan Science Journalism Fellowships from the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), an international center for biological, biomedical, and environmental research and training and an affiliate of the University of Chicago. Now in its 29th year, the Logan Science Journalism Program (SJP) […]

Can Photosynthesis be Measured Over Large Areas? MBL, Brown University Scientists Find a Way

Cameras and sensors installed in a tower at Harvard Forest in central Massachusetts continuously collect environmental data, including of photosynthetically active radiation. Credit: Jim Tang

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-389-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass., and PROVIDENCE, R.I.—By mounting cameras and spectral sensors over a forest canopy in central Massachusetts, scientists have developed an innovative system to measure plant photosynthesis over large areas, such as acres of crops or trees, using information on solar-induced fluorescence in the leaves. The […]

Oosight(R) Microscope Line Developed at MBL is Acquired

“Infectious” Cancer Discovered in Steamer Clams

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Squid Enrich Their DNA “Blueprint” Through Prolific RNA Editing

The squid is a prolific "editor" of genetic information. Credit: Elaine Bearer

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 One of the surprising discoveries to emerge from the young field of comparative genomics is that drastically different organisms—humans, sea urchins, worms, flies —are endowed with a more or less common set of genes. Given a similar DNA blueprint, then, how do species develop such vast differences […]

@MBL: Bill Klimm Profiled in Nature as “Unsung Hero” of Science

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Sea Slug has Taken Genes from the Algae it Eats, Allowing it to Photosynthesize Like a Plant, Study Reports

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Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.—How a brilliant-green sea slug manages to live for months at a time “feeding” on sunlight, like a plant, is clarified in a recent study published in The Biological Bulletin. The authors present the first direct evidence that the emerald green sea slug’s chromosomes have […]

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place – With an MBL View

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Happy New Year to All! And a Quick Look Back at 2014

A dividing cell imaged by 2014 Nobel Laureate Eric Betzig. The cell is in 
anaphase; image shows histones and 3D tracks of growing microtubule ends color-coded by velocity.

The MBL brimmed with news and activity in 2014, its always busy pace quickened by joint events and new programs with its affiliate, the University of Chicago. Below are just a few of many scientific, educational, and institutional highlights from an exciting year of discovery and transition. As we look forward to 2015, it’s important […]

MBL Imaging Technique Reveals Bacterial Biofilms in Colon Cancer Patients; Could Be Used as a Clinical Diagnostic Tool

Bacteria forming a mixed biofilm on colon cancer tissue. Credit: Jessica Mark Welch, Blair Rossetti, and Christine Dejea

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.—Since the first “catalog” of the normal bacterial makeup of the human body was published in 2012, numerous connections between illness and disturbances in the human microbiota have been found. This week, scientists report yet another: Cancerous tumors in the ascending colon (the part nearest […]