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


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) By Diana Kenney 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 and lactating mice and their offspring, concludes a study led by Joshua Hamilton […]