February 14, 2016

MBL Scientists Identify Drug that Improves Neuronal Survival after Spinal Cord Injury in Lamprey

Cross-section of an uninjured lamprey spinal cord. Credit: Paul Oliphint and Jennifer Morgan

By Diana Kenney Spinal cord injury (SCI) in humans typically has a poor prognosis, including permanent losses in mobility and sensation, reflecting in part our very limited capacity for neural regeneration. To understand these limits on recovery after SCI, MBL Associate Scientist Jennifer Morgan studies the lamprey, a fish that can spontaneously regenerate neurons after […]

MBL Scientists Discover Highly Organized Structures in Microbial Communities with Novel Imaging Approach

A “hedgehog” structure in dental plaque, collected from a healthy volunteer using a toothpick. Corynebacteria, shown in magenta, form the core of the structure; other bacteria inhabit the structure at characteristic positions. Photo credit: Jessica Mark Welch, MBL

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass.– Bacteria usually live in mixed communities with many different kinds of bacteria present. But it’s been largely unknown how these communities are organized, because the technology didn’t exist to see how they are structured in space. This week, for the first time, scientists describe […]

“Natural Born Hustlers” on PBS Features Roger Hanlon’s Camouflaging Cuttlefish

Two cuttlefish touch torsos. Credit: Roger Hanlon

Cuttlefish are astonishingly good at using camouflage to hide from their predators, so it’s right they take a starring role in a new PBS mini-series called “Natural Born Hustlers.” “Meet the planet’s greatest animal hustlers – the con artists, impersonators, and thieves – animals that will do whatever it takes to survive,” the show’s introduction […]

Of Whales, Scales, and Microbes: New Program for UChicago Undergraduates at MBL Offers Broad View of Marine Biodiversity

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Julie Huber Presents “Planet Microbe” at UChicago 125th Anniversary Event

Julie Huber speaks at the William Eckhardt Research Center Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at the University of Chicago. The event celebrated the University of Chicago and affiliated laboratories that are powerful partners in transformative science.(Photo by Rob Hart)

Tapping into Marine Biodiversity to Address Questions Not Yet Imagined

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polymerized on a glass coverslip. Credit: Amy Gladfelter

The study of life processes has long depended on a small set of so-called model organisms that are amenable to laboratory manipulation and emerged, whether by reasoned choice or experimental serendipity, as favorites for study by legions of scientists and students. But not by everyone. As Amy Gladfelter, professor of cell biology at Dartmouth College […]

Award-winning Evolutionary Biologist Describes Life of A Brave Genius At MBL Falmouth Forum

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Sean B. Carroll, an award-winning scientist, writer, educator, and executive producer will discuss his recent book at the next MBL Falmouth Forum on Friday, December 4. His talk, titled Brave Genius: Jacques Monod’s Adventure from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize, will be held at 7:30 PM in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL […]

How Does a Highly Efficient Swimmer Move? Jellyfish, Lamprey Study Reveals Surprising Forces At Play

Snapshot of a lamprey (black outline) swimming in a water tank at the MBL. Colors indicate low-pressure suction forces (blue) and high-pressure pushing forces (red) generated by the animal as it swims. Black lines and arrows indicate water flow directions around the animal. Credit: John O. Dabiri

Contacts: Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering tabate@stanford.edu; 650-736-2245 Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 STANFORD, Calif. and WOODS HOLE, Mass. − Millions of years ago, even before plate tectonics had nudged the continents into their current locations, jellyfish were already moving through the oceans using the same pulsing motions we observe today. Now through clever […]

Scientists Call for Unified Initiative to Advance Microbiome Research

Bacteria from the human mouth. Credit: Jessica Mark Welch

A group of leading scientists representing a wide range of disciplines has formed a unified initiative to support basic research, technological development, and commercial applications to better understand and thoughtfully harness capabilities of Earth’s vast systems of microorganisms. In a Science article published Oct. 30, 2015, 17 U.S. scientists–including microbiologists, physicists, chemists and physicians–will announce the creation […]

MBL Announces New Education Director

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Rae Nishi, Ph.D., Professor of Neurological Sciences at the University of Vermont (UVM), has been named the Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education at the MBL, a title that recognizes a gift to the MBL from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Nishi succeeds William Reznikoff, Ph.D., who has been the MBL Director of Education since 2010. Her […]