July 1, 2015

MBL Celebration of Discovery to Focus on Research and Education Partnerships and Opportunities

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World of Extreme Adaptation Explored at July 3 MBL Friday Evening Lecture

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WOODS HOLE, MA–Confronted with limited oxygen or nutrient availability, numerous organisms demonstrate evolutionarily conserved responses, markedly slowing or arresting fundamental biological processes to achieve a near quiescent physiological state. Although this unique defense strategy that permits adaptation and survival by “turning down to the pilot light” has been extensively studied for more than a century, […]

MBL President and Director to Receive Genetics Education Award

MBL President and Director Huntington F. Willard. Credit: University of Chicago

Contacts: Diana Kenney, MBL: dkenney@mbl.edu Nalini Padmanabhan, ASHG: press@ashg.org BETHESDA, MD—Huntington F. Willard, Ph.D., President and Director of the Marine Biological Laboratory and Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago, is one of three recipients of the 2015 Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). […]

MBL Whitman Scientists Identify a Calcium Channel Essential for Deep Sleep

Dr. Llinás in his MBL lab. Photo credit: Tom Kleindinst

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 Written by Kelsey Calhoun WOODS HOLE, Mass.—Sleep seems simple enough, a state of rest and restoration that almost every vertebrate creature must enter regularly in order to survive. But the brain responds differently to stimuli when asleep than when awake, and it is not […]

MBL Summer Concert: Ensemble ACJW’s first-ever performance in Woods Hole

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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 […]

“Infectious” Cancer Discovered in Steamer Clams

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UChicago Metcalf Students to Conduct Summer Research at MBL

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During the summer of 2015, twelve undergraduates from the University of Chicago will gain substantive, project-based professional research experience at the Marine Biological Laboratory through the MBL/Jeff Metcalf Summer for Undergraduate Research Fellows program (SURF). The goal of the SURF Program is to introduce students to scientific research under the guidance and direction of MBL’s […]

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 […]