First Gene Knockout in a Cephalopod is Achieved at MBL

Media Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. —A team at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has achieved the first gene knockout in a cephalopod using the squid Doryteuthis pealeii, an exceptionally important research organism in biology for nearly a century. The milestone study, led by MBL scientists Joshua Rosenthal and Karen Crawford, is reported in […]

Desert Algae Shed Light on Desiccation Tolerance in Green Plants

For a copy of the paper, contact: Diana Kenney, MBL dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Deserts of the U.S. Southwest are extreme habitats for most plants, but, remarkably, microscopic green algae live there that are extraordinarily tolerant of dehydration. These tiny green algae (many just a few microns in size) live embedded in microbiotic […]

Why Are Offspring of Older Mothers Less Fit to Live Long and Prosper?

Media Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. – The offspring of older mothers don’t fare as well as those of younger mothers, in humans and many other species. They aren’t as healthy, or they don’t live as long, or they have fewer offspring themselves. A longstanding puzzle is why evolution would maintain this maternal effect […]

Team Dramatically Reduces Image Analysis Times Using Deep Learning, Other Approaches

Media Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. – A picture is worth a thousand words –but only when it’s clear what it depicts. And therein lies the rub in making images or videos of microscopic life. While modern microscopes can generate huge amounts of image data from living tissues or cells within a few seconds, […]

Microscope Allows Gentle, Continuous Imaging of Light-Sensitive Corals

WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Corals are “part animal, part plant, and part rock – and difficult to figure out, despite being studied for centuries,” says Philippe Laissue of University of Essex, a Whitman Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory. Many corals are sensitive to bright light, so capturing their dynamics with traditional microscopes is a […]

Film, Live Panel to Explore the Power to Reshape Life

WOODS HOLE, Mass. — The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) invites the public to a free screening of Human Nature, the acclaimed documentary about CRISPR, the powerful technology for rewriting the code of life in humans and other species. Human Nature will be followed by a live panel discussion via webinar on Thursday, June 25. To […]

MBL Announces Whitman Fellowships and Early Career Investigator Awards

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is pleased to announce the 2020 Whitman Fellowships and Early Career Investigator Awards, which will support 29 scientists to conduct innovative research for up to 10 weeks in the MBL Whitman Center. While nearly all the Whitman Fellows and Early Career Investigators will be unable to come to Woods Hole […]

Squid Studies Suggest New Route to Therapy for ALS, Targeting Synaptic Dysfunction

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is one of the most devastating adult-onset neurodegenerative diseases. Patients, including the late actor/playwright Sam Shepard, become progressively weaker and eventually paralyzed as their motor neurons degenerate and die. To find a cure for ALS, which is fatal, scientists need a deeper understanding of […]

Window to Another World: Life is Bubbling Up to Seafloor with Petroleum from Deep Below

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. —The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder that we move through a world shaped by unseen life. Bacteria, viruses, and other microscopic organisms regulate the Earth’s vital functions and resources, from the air we breathe to all our food and most of our energy sources. An estimated one-third of […]

The Evolution of Color: Team Shows How Butterfly Wings Can Shift in Hue

Contact: Diana Kenney dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. – A selective mating experiment by a curious butterfly breeder has led scientists to a deeper understanding of how butterfly wing color is created and evolves. The study, led by scientists at University of California, Berkeley, and the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, is published today in […]