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 […]

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 […]

MBL’s Jerry Melillo is Appointed to Sustained National Climate Assessment Advisory Committee

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced the appointment of 15 members, including MBL Distinguished Scientist Jerry Melillo, to the new Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. This committee will advise the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Global Change Research Program, through NOAA, on sustained climate […]

New Microbiome Center to Combine MBL, University of Chicago, and Argonne Expertise

Note: The Microbiome Center is one of numerous commitments in support of the National Microbiome Initiative, which is being launched at a White House event today (1-4 PM EDT) with several Microbiome Center faculty in attendance. Livestream: whitehouse.gov/live Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 The University of Chicago, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), and the U.S. Department of […]

MBL Awards Fellowships to Science and Health Journalists to “Get Their Hands On Research”

Contact: Diana Kenney 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Thirteen science 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 30th year, the Logan Science Journalism Program (SJP) allows […]

A Cell Senses Its Curves: New Research from the Whitman Center

Can a cell sense its own shape? Working in the MBL’s Whitman Center research community, scientists from Dartmouth College developed an ingenious experiment to ask this question. Their conclusion – Yes – is detailed in a recent paper in the Journal of Cell Biology. “Cells adopt diverse shapes that are related to how they function. […]

How Did Paired Human Limbs Evolve? Whitman Center Study Targets Role of Gill Arches in Fish

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Sharks, skates, and rays are oddities among the fish: They have appendages growing out of the gill arches, small cradles of bones that support the gills. This anatomical peculiarity has led to the proposal that the paired limbs of humans, and before that the paired fins of fish, […]

Building Immunity: MBL Whitman Center Scientists Recreate a T-Cell Receptor Signaling Pathway

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass.— The front line of the human immune system is made up of T-cells: white blood cells that circulate in the body and scan for foreign invaders and infections. If a T-cell surface receptor detects a threat during its surveillance, it relays a signal to the interior of the cell […]

How Deep Does Life Go?

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu, 508-289-7139   One of the startling discoveries about life on Earth in the past 25 years is that it can − and does − flourish beneath the ocean floor, in the planet’s dark, dense, rocky crust. The only way to get there is by drilling through meters of sediment until you hit rock, […]