Superstars of Regeneration | The Washington Post

December 13th, 2018 @

By Ben Guarino The axolotl is a salamander that heals without scarring. It can regrow its limbs, jaw, skin and even parts of its brain and spinal cord. The salamander can regrow a severed arm dozens of times and always makes a perfect copy. These amphibians are, according to biologist Karen Echeverri, “the superstars of […]

Team Seeks Link Between Massive RNA Recoding, Environmental Acclimation

November 26th, 2018 @

by Diana Kenney Octopus, squid, and cuttlefish are extraordinary animals in many ways. Although they are soft-bodied creatures related to sea slugs and clams, they engage in sophisticated behaviors that can eerily resemble vertebrate intelligence. In 2015, Joshua Rosenthal of the MBL, Eli Eisenberg of Tel Aviv University and colleagues discovered a striking trait in […]

NSF Supports MBL Workshop on Innovations in Imaging and Computation

October 2nd, 2018 @

by Diana Kenney MBL Senior Scientist Rudolf Oldenbourg has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to co-present a national workshop on “Enabling Biological Discovery Through Innovations in Imaging and Computation.” The workshop will be held at the Marine Biological Laboratory on November 26-28, 2018. The agenda is here. Read more of this […]

Feature Video on Roger Hanlon’s Research Wins Edward R. Murrow Award

August 13th, 2018 @

by Diana Kenney.  An 8-minute video about MBL Senior Scientist Roger Hanlon’s research has won one of the most prestigious awards in journalism, an Edward R. Murrow Award for Feature Reporting. “In the Deep,” produced by Erik Olsen of Quartz, follows Hanlon from Woods Hole to the South Pacific as he tests a custom, underwater camera […]

MBL Convening Science Book Series Talk, June 21

June 27th, 2018 @

“In So Many Words: The MBL Convening Science Book Series” Thursday, June 21 12:00  – 1:00 PM Grass Reading Room, 2nd Floor MBL Lillie Building To celebrate the affiliation between the University of Chicago and the MBL, in 2016 the University of Chicago Press initiated a series of books called Convening Science edited by Jane Maienschein […]

Hands-On History at the Marine Biological Laboratory | History of Science Society

April 30th, 2018 @

The MBL McDonnell Initiative, which engages historians, philosophers and scientists in joint explorations and research, held a collaborative workshop last fall on “The Life Cycles of Microscopic Imaging in Biology.” Three early-career historians of science — only one of whom with hands-on microscopy experience beyond high school — worked intensively with MBL scientists, experts from […]

MBL Scientist Studies Cape Cod Coral | Falmouth Enterprise

April 19th, 2018 @

By Andrea F. Carter A lesser-known coral found in Cape Cod’s cold waters could offer clues on how the organism can cope with environmental stresses that lead to bleaching. The Cape’s local coral, Astrangia poculata, is a non-reef-building coral that can thrive in very warm waters or cold New England winter waters. Its range spans […]

New Way to Study Tissue Development Builds on Tools from National Xenopus Resource

March 19th, 2018 @

The African clawed frog is a great model to learn more about human disease and development. These frogs (also known as Xenopus laevis) produce many transparent embryos, making it easy to observe development and run a number of experiments at a time. But most impressively, 79 percent of genes associated with human disease have a […]

Researchers Study Cape Cod Corals | NBC10 Boston

February 26th, 2018 @

Watch NBC meteorologist Michael Page interview MBL’s Loretta Roberson about the local corals she studies. By Michael Page Diving into the waters off Woods Hole, Massachusetts reveals a surprise for some – coral. “We got them right here, right in front of the MBL,” associate researcher Loretta Roberson says inside the Marine Biological Laboratory, showing […]

Cuttlefish, Master of Camouflage, Reveals a New Trick | The New York Times

February 15th, 2018 @

By Veronique Greenwood Consider the cocktail umbrella. Like their larger counterparts, these wee things can be furled and unfurled easily. Once you tire of playing with them, you can lock them into the open position with a little latch before continuing to enjoy your drink. Now imagine you have hundreds of cocktail umbrellas under your […]