July 24, 2014

Calcification in Changing Oceans Explored in Special Issue of The Biological Bulletin

Branching coral
Acropora
sp. (Photo by Maria
Byrne, University of Sydney

Contact: Gina Hebert 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, MA—What do mollusks, starfish, and corals have in common? Aside from their shared marine habitat, they are all calcifiers—organisms that use calcium from their environment to create hard carbonate skeletons and shells for stability and protection. The June issue of the Biological Bulletin, published by the Marine Biological […]

Richard Hynes to Present “The Intelligent Glue that Holds us Together” at MBL Friday Evening Lecture, July 25

Use of Human Specimens in Genetic Research Topic of Special Bioethics Falmouth Forum at MBL, August 4

Pearl O’Rourke

Contact: Susan Joslin 508-289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The ethical implications of using human biospecimens in research will be discussed at the 2014 Fischbach Bioethics Falmouth Forum Lecture at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) on Monday, August 4.Pediatrician and health policy expert, Dr. P. Pearl O’Rourke will present “Do You Know Where Your Tissue Is: […]

Tickets Available for MBL Summer Concert, July 20; Event to Feature The Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla

MBL Summer Concert Curtis on Tour

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—Tickets are still available for the July 20 performance by Curtis On Tour, a program of the Philadelphia-based Curtis Institute of Music, at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) on Sunday, July 20 at 7:00 PM in the Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. The annual MBL concert and fundraiser is made […]

July 18 Forbes Lecture: “Transparent Vertebrates Offer a Direct View of the Nervous System in Action”

Effect of Environmental Exposures on Human Fertility Among Topics to be Discussed at July 11 Friday Evening Lecture

Patricia Hunt

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA— By comparison with other species, humans are not very adept at making babies; the rate of fetal loss is higher in humans than in any other species studied to date.To add to our reproductive woes, there is ample evidence that the incidence of human infertility has increased during the past several […]

Neill To Discuss Deforestation, Agriculture, and Future of the Amazon at July 3 MBL Friday Evening Lecture

Christopher Neill

MBL, Woods Hole, MA—The Amazon Basin of Brazil contains the earth’s largest tropical rainforest. Over the last two decades it has also become the world’s largest agricultural frontier. Dr. Christopher Neill, Director of the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), will discuss how new cropping systems in the Brazilian Amazon influence the regional […]

New Analysis Reveals Previously “Hidden Diversity” of Mouth Bacteria

This network analysis shows the distribution of oral sites in the human mouth based on the taxonomic units identified in ~6 million bacterial 16S rRNA gene reads by oligotyping. Samples were obtained from 148 healthy individuals; the oral cavity of each individual was sampled at 9 locations. Each circle represents a sample and is colored based on which oral site it is from. Clustering of the oral sites shows that samples from the same oral site across individuals are more similar to each other than samples from the different oral sites in a single individual.

Printable version (pdf) Contact: Gina Hebert 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu   MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—A new computational method for analyzing bacterial communities has uncovered closely related, previously indistinguishable bacteria living in different parts of the human mouth. The technique, developed by Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) scientists, provides high taxonomic resolution of bacterial communities and has the capacity […]

Paleontologist and Author Neil Shubin to Kick Off MBL Friday Evening Lecture Series, June 27

Neil Shubin

Contact: Gina Hebert 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu MBL, Woods Hole, MA– Our arms, legs, necks, and lungs were bequeathed to us by a fish that lumbered onto land millions of years ago. The genetic legacy of this creature can be seen today in our own DNA, including the genes used to build the quintessentially human feature, our […]

Longtime MBL Employee Lionel Hall Receives 2014 John K. Bullard Diversity Award

Lionel Hall

WOODS HOLE, MA—Longtime MBL employee Lionel Hall has been selected as the 2014 recipient of The John K. Bullard Diversity Award, given every other year to an individual in the Woods Hole community who plays a significant role in making the community more inclusive and more welcoming of people of all backgrounds. The award is […]