The Legendary, Mysterious Giant Squid’s Genome is Revealed

Contact:; 508-685-33525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. — How did the monstrous giant squid – reaching school-bus size, with eyes as big as dinner plates and tentacles that can snatch prey 10 yards away — get so scarily big? Today, important clues about the anatomy and evolution of the mysterious giant squid (Architeuthis dux) are revealed […]

From Crab Studies, a Broader Approach to Identifying Brain Cells

Contact:; 508-289-7423 By Raleigh McElvery WOODS HOLE, Mass. – A longstanding goal in neuroscience is to classify the brain’s many cells into discrete categories according to their function. Such categories can help researchers understand the complex neural circuits that ultimately give rise to behavior and disease. However, there’s little consensus about what metrics should […]

High School Students Discover Science in the Nipam Patel Lab

By Sophia Kelly Patel Lab, Marine Biological Laboratory This month, we were fortunate to take a break from our day-to-day lab work to host a group of 25 high-school students from the Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Illinois, and the Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas. We reinforced Nipam’s colorful lectures on development through hands-on […]

Video of Coral Growing Wins Nikon Small World In Motion Contest

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass. —  Philippe Laissue of University of Essex, U.K., a Whitman investigator at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), has won first place in the Nikon Small World in Motion Competition, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious scientific video competitions. Laissue’s beautiful, winning video […]

Caught on Camera: The Bacterial Communities ‘Hitchhiking’ on Marine Plastic Trash

Contact:; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Millions of tons of plastic trash are fouling the world’s ocean, most of it tiny pieces of microplastic less than a quarter-inch in size. Even the smallest marine animals can ingest these microplastics, potentially threatening their survival. Marine microplastics aren’t floating solo, either – they quickly pick up […]

Deepening Diversity: First In-Depth Study of Marine Fungi and Their Reproduction Emerges from MBL

Contact: Diana Kenney; 508-289-7139 By Stephanie McPherson WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Marine fungi have long been overlooked in the research community, despite their likely contributions to the health of ocean ecosystems. Now, a first deep dive into the diversity of marine fungi and their cell division cycles has been published by a collaborative team […]

Embryology Course Image Wins Top Prize in Nikon Small World Contest

Contact:; 508-289-7139 By Stephanie McPherson WOODS HOLE, Mass.—A vibrantly colored image of a turtle embryo taken by two members of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) community has won first place in the 45th Nikon Small World International Photomicrography Competition. Teresa Zgoda and Teresa Kugler used fluorescence and stereo microscopy during the 2017 MBL Embryology […]

Hurricane Nicole Leaves Insight on Deep-Ocean Impacts in Her Wake

Contact: Diana Kenney; 508-289-7139 By Paul McDivitt WOODS HOLE, Mass. — In early October 2016, a tropical storm named Nicole formed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It roamed for six days, reaching Category 4 hurricane status with powerful 140 mile-per hour-winds, before hitting the tiny island of Bermuda as a Category 3. […]

Shinya Inoué, Pioneer in Microscopy and Imaging of Live Cells, Dies at 98

WOODS HOLE, Mass.—With great sadness, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) announces the passing of Shinya Inoué, Ph.D., former MBL Trustee and pioneering innovator in microscopy and live-cell imaging, on Sept. 30 in Falmouth, Mass. He was 98 years old. A Celebration of Shinya Inoué’s Life will be held at the MBL on October 26, 2019 […]

Scientists Propose Network of Imaging Centers to Drive Innovation in Biological Research

Contact:; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass. — When sparks fly to innovate new technologies for imaging life at the microscopic scale, often diverse researchers are nudging each other with a kind of collegial one-upmanship. “Look at the resolution we obtain with this microscope I’ve designed,” the physicist says. “Great,” the biologist replies, “but my research […]