MBL Whitman Scientists Identify a Calcium Channel Essential for Deep Sleep

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 Neurobiology Course Faculty And Students Help Identify Gene That Promotes Chronic Itch

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund Provides $1 Million Endowment for MBL Education Program

WOODS HOLE, MA—The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has received $1 million in endowment support from the The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) to fund students in the MBL’s advanced education program. Proceeds from this endowment gift will support students in the MBL courses traditionally sponsored by the Fund including Physiology, Biology of Parasitism, Frontiers in Reproduction, […]

Can Photosynthesis be Measured Over Large Areas? MBL, Brown University Scientists Find a Way

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 […]

Oosight(R) Microscope Line Developed at MBL is Acquired

“Infectious” Cancer Discovered in Steamer Clams

UChicago Metcalf Students to Conduct Summer Research at MBL

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

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

Sewage Provides Insight into Human Microbiome

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 […]