March 27, 2015

Squid Enrich Their DNA “Blueprint” Through Prolific RNA Editing

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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’s Semester in Environmental Science Open to UChicago Students

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Sewage Provides Insight into Human Microbiome

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For Immediate Release: February 26, 2015 Contact: Gina Hebert, MBL 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu Sandra McLellan, UWM School of Freshwater Sciences 414-382-1747; mclellan@uwm.edu WOODS HOLE, MA—A new study demonstrates that sewage is an effective means to sample the fecal bacteria from millions of people.   Researchers say the information gleaned from the work provides a unique opportunity to […]

MBL Announces New Recipients of MBL-UChicago-Argonne Collaboration Awards

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The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has announced new recipients of the MBL-UChicago/Argonne Collaboration Awards. These awards support innovative scientific collaborations among faculty at the MBL and UChicago/Argonne, in service of laying the foundation for long-term interactions between the institutions. Teams of at least one UChicago/Argonne and one MBL resident scientist are eligible to receive the […]

UChicago and MBL Announce Recipients of Lillie Awards for Collaborative Research

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MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The University of Chicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have announced the 2015 recipients of the Frank R. Lillie Research Innovation Awards. The grant program honors Frank R. Lillie, the early 20th-century embryologist who served as the MBL’s second director and as chair of UChicago’s Department of Zoology. Awards are open […]

MBL Announces Recipients of the 2015 Whitman Center Investigators at the MBL Research Awards

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WOODS HOLE, MA—The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has announced the recipients of its 2015 Whitman Center Investigators at the MBL Research Awards. Each year, this program supports approximately 20 scientists from U.S. and international institutions who come to the MBL for six or more weeks in the summer to conduct independent research. Funds for the […]

MBL Study Details Impact of Genetic Defect on Nerve Cells in Parkinson’s Disease

Reconstruction of a lamprey reticulospinal synapse overlaid onto an electron micrograph of the same synapse. This image appeared on the cover of the February 1, 2015 issue of Molecular Biology of the Cell. Credit: David J. Busch and Paul A. Oliphint, University of Texas at Austin; Jennifer R. Morgan, MBL.

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu Parkinson’s disease is a slow-progressing neurodegenerative disorder that afflicts about 4 to 6 million people worldwide, most of them over the age of 50. Its major symptoms are problems with movement: shakiness, slowness, rigidity, imbalance, and difficulty walking. There is no known cure. The causes of Parkinson’s […]

@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 […]

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

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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 […]