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

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 has issued $14 […]

Robert J. Zimmer, President of the University of Chicago, Addresses MBL Community

Robert J. Zimmer, Chair of the Marine Biological Laboratory Board of Trustees and President of the University of Chicago, shared his perspectives on the MBL-University of Chicago affiliation last week with a large and engaged audience in Lillie Auditorium. MBL Interim Co-Director Melina Hale introduced Zimmer’s visit as part of the transition team’s commitment to […]

New Program Engages Scientists, Historians, and Philosophers in Collaborations at MBL

While historians and philosophers of science have long held discourse at the Marine Biological Laboratory – most notably at the annual Seminar in the History of Biology – MBL scientists have had few opportunities to interact with them and explore the rewards of interdisciplinary communication and collaboration. This has just become much easier through a […]

Newly Discovered DNA Sequences Can Protect Chromosomes in Rotifers: Findings May Have Implications for Aging Research

By Jennifer Tsang Rotifers are tough, microscopic organisms highly resistant to radiation and repeated cycles of dehydration and rehydration. Now Irina Arkhipova, Irina Yushenova, and Fernando Rodriguez of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have discovered another protective mechanism of this hardy organism: the Terminons. Their findings, which can have implications for research on aging and […]

Three Postdoctoral Scientists to Establish Labs at MBL as Hibbitt Early Career Fellows

Three talented postdoctoral scientists have been named the inaugural Hibbitt Early Career Fellows at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), which gives them the rare opportunity to establish research programs of their own as an alternative to traditional postdoctoral positions. Caroline Albertin, Kristen Hunter-Cevera, and B. Duygu Özpolat will receive the necessary support to work as […]

Ron Vale Receives 2017 Shaw Prize for Discovery of Motor Protein Family, Kinesin, at MBL

Ronald D. Vale, who led a group of scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) to the seminal discovery of kinesin, one of the major families of motor proteins, has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine. Vale was a graduate student visiting the MBL in the mid-1980s when he […]

MBL’s Jerry Melillo Leads Gulf Research Board at National Academy of Sciences

Jerry Melillo, Distinguished Scientist and director emeritus of The Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), has been named chairman of the Gulf Research Program Advisory Board. This board, based at the National Academy of Sciences, is developing a strategy to invest $500 million over 30 years into research, monitoring, and capacity-building programs to […]

MBL Awards Fellowships to Science and Health Journalists

WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Thirteen 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 31st year, the Logan Science Journalism Program (SJP) allows established science and health journalists to […]

Coral Researcher Loretta Roberson Joins Marine Biological Laboratory

WOODS HOLE, Mass.— Loretta Roberson has been appointed to the position of Associate Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Roberson’s research aims for a better understanding of coral bleaching and growth by studying the gene activity of Caribbean coral. She comes to the MBL from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), where she was […]

“Smart” Cephalopods Trade Off Genome Evolution for Prolific RNA Editing

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass.— Octopus, squid, and cuttlefish are famous for engaging in complex behavior, from unlocking an aquarium tank and escaping to instantaneous skin camouflage to hide from predators. A new study suggests their evolutionary path to neural sophistication includes a novel mechanism: Prolific RNA editing at the expense of evolution in […]