August 1, 2015

Sea Slug has Taken Genes from the Algae it Eats, Allowing it to Photosynthesize Like a Plant, Study Reports


Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; WOODS HOLE, Mass.—How a brilliant-green sea slug manages to live for months at a time “feeding” on sunlight, like a plant, is clarified in a recent study published in The Biological Bulletin. The authors present the first direct evidence that the emerald green sea slug’s chromosomes have […]

Whales’ Teeth, Sea Cucumbers, and Castaways Topic of Next MBL Falmouth Forum, February 27

Edward Melillo

Contact: Gina Hebert 508-289-7725;   WOODS HOLE, MA—Edward Melillo, Associate Professor of Global Environmental History at Amherst College, will present the next MBL Falmouth Forum, Friday, February 27 at 7:30 PM in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. Melillo’s lecture, titled “Out of the Blue: Nantucket and the Pacific World,” will […]

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place – With an MBL View


MBL Falmouth Forum Features Piano in the 21st Century


Contact: Susan Joslin 508-289-7281; WOODS HOLE, MA—Concert pianist Michael Mizrahi will perform and discuss The Piano in the 21st Century at the next MBL Falmouth Forum, Friday, February 6 at 7:30 PM in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium, MBL Street in Woods Hole. Sponsored by the MBL Associates, and generously supported this season by Sandy […]

Poet Rosanna Warren to Present Reading at January 16 MBL Falmouth Forum


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 31, 2014 Contact: Susan Joslin 508-289-7281; WOODS HOLE, MA—Rosanna Warren will read poetry from her book, Ghost in a Red Hat, along with other works at the next MBL Falmouth Forum, Friday, January 16 at 7:30 PM in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium, MBL Street in Woods Hole. A book signing […]

Happy New Year to All! And a Quick Look Back at 2014

A dividing cell imaged by 2014 Nobel Laureate Eric Betzig. The cell is in 
anaphase; image shows histones and 3D tracks of growing microtubule ends color-coded by velocity.

The MBL brimmed with news and activity in 2014, its always busy pace quickened by joint events and new programs with its affiliate, the University of Chicago. Below are just a few of many scientific, educational, and institutional highlights from an exciting year of discovery and transition. As we look forward to 2015, it’s important […]

Deep Sea Volcanoes Topic of Next MBL “Science Before Supper”


WOODS HOLE, MA— The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Associates and the Falmouth Public Library continue the 2014-2015 season of “Science Before Supper,” with a presentation by MBL oceanographer Julie Huber who will discuss “Exploding Volcanoes and Microbial Life in the Deep Sea.”   The talk, the second in a series designed especially for non-scientists, will be […]

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

Bacteria forming a mixed biofilm on colon cancer tissue. Credit: Jessica Mark Welch, Blair Rossetti, and Christine Dejea

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; 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 […]

Huntington Willard Named President and Director of Marine Biological Laboratory


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Pamela Hinkle, Director of Development & External Relations, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7650; Jeremy Manier, News Director, University of Chicago 773-702-8187; WOODS HOLE, MA — Huntington Willard, an innovative leader in the fields of genetics and genome biology who has built comprehensive research centers at leading institutions, has been appointed […]

College Students to Present Environmental Science Research Results at MBL Symposium, December 12


Contact: Gina Hebert 508-289-7725; MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The public is invited to attend a symposium featuring the research results of 21 undergraduate students who are participating in the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Semester in Environmental Sciences (SES) program. The symposium will be held from 8:20 AM to 3:30 PM on Friday, December 12 in […]