Lifespan Extension at Low Temperatures is Genetically Controlled, Study Suggests

A female rotifer (Brachionus), a model system for aging studies. Credit: Michael Shribak and Kristin Gribble WOODS HOLE, Mass. —Why do we age? Despite more than a century of research (and a vast industry of youth-promising products), what causes our cells and organs to deteriorate with age is still unknown. One known factor is temperature: […]

Team Totals Immense Amount of Carbon in “Zombie” Bacteria, Other Deep Life Microbes

Deep Carbon Observatory contacts: Terry Collins: tc@tca.tc; Katie Pratt: katie_pratt@uri.edu  Barely living “zombie” bacteria and other forms of life constitute an immense amount of carbon deep within Earth’s subsurface—245 to 385 times greater than the carbon mass of all humans on the surface, according to scientists nearing the end of a 10-year international collaboration to […]

Applications Accepted for 2019 Advanced Research Training Courses

Each year, MBL courses attract a diverse population of over 500 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from more than 300 institutions and over 30 countries. Students are empowered to pursue science at the very highest levels and work directly with outstanding faculty from around the world, day after day, pursuing novel experiments that test new […]

MBL Signs Agreement with Vilnius University, Lithuania, to Promote Academic Exchange

WOODS HOLE, Mass. — The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Lithuania’s Vilnius University, the oldest university in the Baltic states, “to develop a spirit of amity” and “promote academic cooperation and exchange of experiences” between the two institutions. Vilnius University, founded in 1579, is the largest university in Lithuania, […]

MBL September Courses Launch UChicago Students into Research

By Stephanie McPherson For the second year running, a diverse group of University of Chicago undergraduates enjoyed three weeks of intensive study at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) while enrolled in the university’s MBL September Courses. These students experience full immersion in the research world of a field of science. With small lab teams and […]

MBL Scientist Osamu Shimomura, 2008 Nobel Laureate, Dies at 90

Contact: Diana Kenney 508-685-3525; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.—With great sadness, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) notes the passing of Osamu Shimomura, Ph.D., who died on Oct. 19, 2018, in Nagasaki, Japan. Shimomura was a Distinguished Scientist Emeritus at MBL, a former member of the MBL Society, and a 2008 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. The MBL […]

MBL Accepting Applications for 2019 Whitman Center Fellowships

The Marine Biological Laboratory, a hub for research and education and an affiliate of the University of Chicago, convenes biologists from around the world each year to advance the mission of biological discovery. Click to Apply Deadline December 15, 2018We are now accepting applications for Whitman Center Fellowships for 2019. Support is available for scientists […]

Whitman Fellow Andrea Pauli Christens “Bouncer,” Gatekeeper of the Egg

“I think Bouncer is absolutely amazing,” Andrea Pauli says, referring to a very short but powerful protein her lab discovered that’s required for sperm to penetrate an egg during zebrafish fertilization. Not only that, Bouncer blocks entry to the egg by different species of sperm  – hence the gatekeeper-at-a-nightclub name they chose for this potent […]

Study Indicates a Conserved Role for Serotonin in Regulating Behavior in Octopus, Humans

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. — The mood-altering drug MDMA – which promotes positive, friendly social interactions in humans by inhibiting serotonin uptake in nerve cells – has a similar behavioral effect in an octopus species, scientists reported today. This indicates that serotonin has been functioning as a regulator of social behavior for at […]

Introducing Nipam Patel: Director, Marine Biological Laboratory

On September 4, 2018, Nipam Patel became Director of the Marine Biological Laboratory and a Professor at the University of Chicago. Prior to his appointment as Director, Patel was Professor and Co-chair of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. His […]