November 30, 2015

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


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; 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 Imaging Technique Reveals Bacterial Biofilms in Colon Cancer Patients; Could Be Used as a Clinical Diagnostic Tool

Bacteria forming a mixed biofilm on colon cancer tissue. Credit: Jessica Mark Welch, Blair Rossetti, and Christine Dejea

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; WOODS HOLE, Mass.—Since the first “catalog” of the normal bacterial makeup of the human body was published in 2012, numerous connections between illness and disturbances in the human microbiota have been found. This week, scientists report yet another: Cancerous tumors in the ascending colon (the part nearest […]

Huntington Willard Named President and Director of Marine Biological Laboratory


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Pamela Hinkle, Director of Development & External Relations, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7650; Jeremy Manier, News Director, University of Chicago 773-702-8187; WOODS HOLE, MA — Huntington Willard, an innovative leader in the fields of genetics and genome biology who has built comprehensive research centers at leading institutions, has been appointed […]

Workshop at MBL Explores Past, Present, and Future of Cell Biology

Fiddler on the Roof? Northern Extension of Fiddler Crabs’ Range May be Sign of Climate Change

An egg-bearing female fiddler crab, Uca pugnax, at Plum Island, Massachusetts. Credit: A. Buselco-McKim.

  WOODS HOLE, Mass.—David Johnson was standing in a salt marsh on the northern Massachusetts coast when he saw a fiddler crab, Uca pugnax, nearly 50 miles north of its supposed natural range. The migration north of this charismatic crab with the big, waving claw may be yet another sign of climate change. Johnson, then […]

An EZ-Pass for Fish: How a Fast-Warming Arctic Affects Migration and Survival


The Arctic grayling may look—well, just plain old gray, but for Linda Deegan it’s a “beautiful fish” for many reasons besides being tasty. The grayling is one of very few fish that spends its entire life, including the frigid winter, in Arctic Alaska. To solve the mystery of how they cope, Deegan, a senior scientist […]

Sampling the Ocean to Protect its Health: A Global Scientific Mission


Tarantula Toxin is Used to Report on Electrical Activity in Live Cells

Fluorescent tarantula toxin reveals location of resting ion channels in live cells. Tarantula toxin (red) binds to potassium channels (green). Yellow indicates colocalization. Courtesy of Jon Sack.

MBL Neurobiology Course Students Contribute to Probe’s Development With Scientists from UC-Davis and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Contact: Diana Kenney 508-289-7139; WOODS HOLE, Mass.—Crucial experiments to develop a novel probe of cellular electrical activity were conducted in the Neurobiology course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in 2013. Today, that optical probe, which combines […]

MBL Falmouth Forum Announces New Season

MBL Falmouth Forum

WOODS HOLE, MA—The MBL Associates are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2014-2015 season of the MBL Falmouth Forum. Now in its 24th year, the Falmouth Forum has provided audiences from the Cape Cod community with a wide range of intellectual and artistic experiences. Supported in part by the Falmouth Forum Endowment, the Falmouth […]