April 18, 2014

Julie Huber Named Associate Director of NSF Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations

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MBL microbial oceanographer Julie Huber has been appointed associate director of the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI), an NSF-supported Science and Technology Center at the University of Southern California. Huber continues in her present positions at MBL, which include associate scientist and associate director of the Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology […]

Blind Cavefish Offer Evidence for Alternative Mechanism of Evolutionary Change

The surface-dwelling Astyanas mexicanus, which has eyes and pigmentation. Credit: William Jeffery

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.—In a blind fish that dwells in deep, dark Mexican caves, scientists have found evidence for a long-debated mechanism of evolutionary change that is distinct from natural selection of spontaneously arising mutations, as reported this week in the journal Science. The eyeless cavefish Astyanas mexicanus […]

Built for Efficiency, Not Speed: Scientists Discover New Propulsive Mechanism in Jellyfish

Moon jellyfish (aurelia aurita), processed data from high speed recordings showing the structure of the vortex. Courtesy of Brad Gemmell.

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu MBL, WOODS HOLE, Mass.—Jellyfish may not be fast, but they are one of the most efficient propulsors on the planet—which is why they can “bloom” and overrun an ecosystem by outcompeting much swifter predators like fish, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) visiting scientists report this week. “It seems […]

Deep, Permeable Soils Buffer Impacts of Agricultural Fertilization on Streams and Rivers in Southern Amazon, MBL Study Finds

Rain over a soybean field at Tanguro Ranch in the Upper Xingu watershed, Mato Grosso, Brazil. Intensive crop farming in the Amazon depends on regular rainfall, but lower amounts of water returned to the atmosphere from cropland compared with forest has the potential to change rainfall amount and timing over large areas. Credit: Christopher Neill, MBL

Contact:  Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu Printable version (pdf) WOODS HOLE, Mass.—The often damaging impacts of intensive agriculture on nearby streams, rivers, and their wildlife has been well documented in temperate zones, such as North America and Europe. Yet a new study in an important tropical zone—the fast-changing southern Amazon, a region […]

MBL Scientists Find Genes Linked to Human Neurological Disorders in Sea Lamprey Genome

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Discovery will accelerate research on Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injury Printable version (pdf) MBL, WOODS HOLE, Mass.— Scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have identified several genes linked to human neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injury, in the sea lamprey, a vertebrate fish whose whole-genome sequence […]

2013 Grass Fellowship Applications Now Available

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The 14-week Grass Fellowship Program provides early-career investigators with an unparalleled opportunity to develop and conduct independent neuroscience research projects within the MBL’s vibrant scientific community. Fellows function as both an intellectual and social group during their stay and routinely interact with prominent scientists to build a support network of peers and researchers in their […]

MBL Scientists Discover Nerves Control Iridescence in Squid’s Remarkable “Electric Skin”

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Printable version (pdf)   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2012 Contact:Gina Hebert, (508) 289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu Laboratory of Roger Hanlon Link to paper     MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—Squid’s colorful, changeable skin enables the animal—and their close relatives, cuttlefish and octopus—to display extraordinary camouflage, the speed and diversity of which is unmatched in the animal kingdom. But […]

MBL Announces New Program in the Study of Vision, Balance, and Hearing

Left: MBL research is aimed at the development of biomaterials that mimic the camouflage abilities of squid skin. This image shows the light-reflecting  organs in squid skin -- chromatophores (large brown, red, and yellow structures) and iridophores (pink iridescent splotches). Photo by Lydia Mäthger.

Right: Much of what we know about the sense organs in the inner ear that govern balance and equilibrium, and disorders of those organs such as vertigo and Ménière’s disease, have derived from MBL studies in the toadfish. Photo by David Remsen.

Printable version (pdf) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 17, 2012 Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory, 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, MASS.—The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) announces the formation of a new program to capitalize on its many strengths in sensory biology—especially research into vision, balance, and hearing. The new Program in Sensory Physiology and Behavior (PSPB) […]

“More than One Way to Be Healthy”: First Map of the Bacterial Makeup of Humans Relies on MBL Innovations, Insights

Caption for MBL image: Intestinal section from a gnotobiotic mouse model inoculated with selected human bacterial species. Blue=Bacteroides WH2, green=Bacteroides thetaiotamicron, pink=Bacteroides vulgatus, yellow=Collinsella aerofaciens, red=Ruminococcus torques. Credit: Yuko Hasegawa.

Printable version (pdf) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 13, 2012 AT 1 PM EST CONTACT:  Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory, 508-289-7139 or 508-685-3525 (cell); dkenney@mbl.edu MBL, WOODS HOLE, MASS.—The landmark publication this week of a “map” of the bacterial make-up of healthy humans has deep roots in an unexpected place: the ocean. Microbial communities that live […]

“Safe” Levels Of Arsenic In Drinking Water Have Negative Health Effects on Pregnant/Lactating Mothers And Offspring, Scientists Find

Printable version (pdf) Contacts: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory, 508-289-7139 or 508-685-3525; dkenney@mbl.edu Justin Anderson, Dartmouth College, 603-646-3017; justin.anderson@dartmouth.edu MBL, WOODS HOLE, MASS.—Exposure to arsenic in drinking water at the level the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently deems as safe in the United States (10 parts per billion) induces adverse health outcomes in pregnant […]