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 […]

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to Microscopist and MBL Visiting Scientist and Faculty Member Eric Betzig

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-685-3525 (cell); 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.—When Eric Betzig loaded his hand-built, “bleeding edge” super-resolution microscope into an SUV in 2007 and drove it up to the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) for biologists to “test drive” it, it was immediately embraced as a major breakthrough in […]

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New Analysis Reveals Previously “Hidden Diversity” of Mouth Bacteria

Printable version (pdf) Contact: Gina Hebert 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu   MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—A new computational method for analyzing bacterial communities has uncovered closely related, previously indistinguishable bacteria living in different parts of the human mouth. The technique, developed by Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) scientists, provides high taxonomic resolution of bacterial communities and has the capacity […]

Jellyfish Images by MBL’s Osamu Shimomura Light Up an Edinburgh Square

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]