October 24, 2014

Becoming Fearless: The Neural Systems and Behavior Experience

The 2014 NS&B class with faculty from cycles 3 and 4. Credit:  Mufaddal Baghdadwala

By Wojciech Mikoluszko The following is an edited interview with André Fenton of New York University and Hans A. Hofmann of University of Texas, co-directors of the MBL Neural Systems and Behavior (NS&B) course. This is your second year as NS&B co-directors, for which you spend eight weeks of your summer engaged in very intense […]

An MBL SUCCESS Story: Providing Career Guidance to Young Scientists

Participants applaud at the end of a workshop. Credit: Tom Kleindinst.

By Laurel Hamers On a sunny summer day in Woods Hole, about seventy young scientists are eschewing the waterfront benches just outside their MBL labs and are instead packed into a non-air-conditioned room, listening attentively while munching on sandwiches. They’re not here for the free lunch they’re enjoying—most of them are already on an all-inclusive […]

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

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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 […]

In the Whitman Center: Tadpoles Aid Neural Regeneration Research

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Donation from Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation Supports New UChicago Professorship in Tissue Engineering with Appointment in MBL’s Bell Center

nematostella_adult_eggs by Adam Reitzel courtesy John Finnerty_crop

Why Do Our Limbs Look the Way They Do? Ask a Skate

Skate swimming in MRC Laurel Hamers

National Xenopus Resource at MBL Innovates New Way to Study Proteins

Xenopus laevis, the African Clawed Frog. Photo credit: National Xenopus Resource, MBL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.— Proteomics, the study of large groups of proteins, can enhance our understanding of a wide range of organisms, with applications in medicine and developmental biology. Such analyses traditionally require a complete genome for the organism being studied in order to obtain […]

From the Grass Lab: Inside the Mosquito Brain

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@MBL: Renewing the Joy of Discovery in the Embryology Course

Male stolon (ventral view, anterior up) of the annelid, Proceraea sp., fluorescently stained for acetylated tubulin (green), serotonin (yellow), F-actin (red; phalloidin), and nuclei (blue; DAPI).  Confocal z-stacks were viewed as maximum  projections and tiled together to cover the entirety of the animal (body length approximately 7.5 mm).  By Eduardo Zattara (University of Maryland, College Park); Embryology Class of 2012.

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 […]