“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 […]

Linda Amaral-Zettler Receives Fulbright Award to Study Extreme Bacteria

By Claudia Geib The Rio Tinto, an acidic, rust-colored river flowing through the Iberian Peninsula, is often used to study the sort of extreme life that might live on Mars—so Linda Amaral-Zettler was surprised to find a potential human pathogen in the river. Amaral-Zettler, an associate scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, has received a […]

MBL Study Illuminates the Origin of Vertebrate Gills

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass.—What did the last common ancestor of the vertebrate animals — a very small, soft-bodied marine organism that lived about 600 million years ago — look like? While the portrait is still emerging, a new study indicates that it had gills. This week in Current Biology, J. Andrew Gillis of […]

Eight Early-Career Scientists Receive Awards to Carry Out Research in MBL Whitman Center

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has announced the recipients of this year’s Whitman Center Early Career Investigator Awards, which enable exceptional scientists from around the world to conduct research at the MBL and take advantage of its resources and collaborative scientific community. The eight awardees will be supported for up to ten weeks to pursue […]

Squid and Cephalopod Scientist Joshua Rosenthal Joins Marine Biological Laboratory Faculty

Joshua C. Rosenthal, a neurobiologist who studies how marine organisms adapt to the physical environment, has been appointed to the position of Senior Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Rosenthal comes to the MBL from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, where he was a Professor in the Institute of Neurobiology. His […]

Scientists Develop Novel Assay to Decode Functional Elements of Genome

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass.–One of the most profound changes in the life of an organism is what Antonio Giraldez calls “embryonic puberty”: the stage when an early embryo stops taking instructions from its mother on how to develop and activates its own genome to kick out those instructions […]

NSF Awards Marine Biological Laboratory $6.8 million for Coastal Marsh Research

Anne Giblin, interim director of the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory, has been awarded a $6.8 million National Science Foundation renewal grant to study how sea-level rise, climate change, and human impacts are reshaping the marshes and estuaries behind Plum Island, Mass., the largest remaining marsh area in the northeastern United States. Giblin […]

Marine Biological Laboratory Director Elected to National Academy of Medicine

WOODS HOLE, Mass.— Huntington F. Willard, Ph.D., president and director of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and professor of human genetics at the University of Chicago, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the Academy announced today. Election is considered one of the highest honors in the health and medical fields and recognizes […]

New Microscope Developed at MBL Reveals Nanoscale Structural Dynamics in Live Cells

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass. —Scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and colleagues have unveiled a new microscope that can track the position and orientation of individual molecules in living cells—nanoscale measurements that until now have posed a significant challenge. As reported this week in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, the […]

Every Photon is Valuable: New Microscope Captures “Lost” Fluorescence, Improving Resolution

Contact: Diana Kenney, dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, MASS.—Taking a cue from medical imaging, scientists have invented a multi-view microscope that captures higher-resolution, 3D images of live cells and tissues without upping the dose of potentially harmful radiation the specimens receive. The researchers, who work collaboratively at the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Whitman Center, published their results […]