Building Immunity: MBL Whitman Center Scientists Recreate a T-Cell Receptor Signaling Pathway

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass.— The front line of the human immune system is made up of T-cells: white blood cells that circulate in the body and scan for foreign invaders and infections. If a T-cell surface receptor detects a threat during its surveillance, it relays a signal to the interior of the cell […]

Symposium to Honor NIH’s Tom Reese: Discoverer, Collaborator, and MBL Neurobiology Course Mentor

By Diana Kenney “What’s that?” a student in the MBL Neurobiology course asked Tom Reese of the National Institutes of Health last week, as they looked at a black-and-white image of brain structure with an electron microscope. “It’s a blood vessel,” Reese said, and then guided him to see the junctions between its specialized endothelial […]

Can Photosynthesis be Measured Over Large Areas? MBL, Brown University Scientists Find a Way

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-389-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass., and PROVIDENCE, R.I.—By mounting cameras and spectral sensors over a forest canopy in central Massachusetts, scientists have developed an innovative system to measure plant photosynthesis over large areas, such as acres of crops or trees, using information on solar-induced fluorescence in the leaves. The […]

MBL Imaging Technique Reveals Bacterial Biofilms in Colon Cancer Patients; Could Be Used as a Clinical Diagnostic Tool

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.—Since the first “catalog” of the normal bacterial makeup of the human body was published in 2012, numerous connections between illness and disturbances in the human microbiota have been found. This week, scientists report yet another: Cancerous tumors in the ascending colon (the part nearest […]

Tarantula Toxin is Used to Report on Electrical Activity in Live Cells

MBL Neurobiology Course Students Contribute to Probe’s Development With Scientists from UC-Davis and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Contact: Diana Kenney 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.—Crucial experiments to develop a novel probe of cellular electrical activity were conducted in the Neurobiology course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in 2013. Today, that optical probe, which combines […]