How Does the Nervous System Create Behavior? Muscle Activity Map in Hydra Gives Insight

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 By Raleigh McElvery WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Accomplishing perhaps a world first, researchers at Columbia University and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have mapped the full-body muscular activity of an animal while it was moving and behaving. Their study adds to mounting evidence that the coordinated activity […]

Staying in Shape: MBL Microscopy Helps Reveal how Bacteria Grow Long, Not Wide

The slender, rod-shaped Bacillus subtilis is one of the best-studied bacteria in the world, a go-to system for exploring and understanding how bacteria grow, replicate, and divide. One of its outstanding mysteries has been how it manages to keep its precise diameter while growing and getting bigger end-to-end. This week, a team led by Ethan […]

In New MBL Course, High-School Students Envision a Future in Science

By Stephanie McPherson Igniting the flame of scientific curiosity is one of the Marine Biological Laboratory’s greatest strengths, honed over a century of immersing students in its research discovery courses. In partnership with the University of Chicago’s College of Admissions, MBL is extending its educational and inspirational excellence into the high-school realm. The new MBL […]

Twelve Science and Health Journalists Receive Research Fellowships at MBL

Contact: Diana Kenney 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Twelve journalists have been awarded Logan Science Journalism Fellowships from the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), an international center for biological and environmental research and education and an affiliate of the University of Chicago. Now in its 33nd year, the Logan Science Journalism Program (SJP) allows established […]

MBL Awards Whitman Center Fellowships to 27 Exceptional Investigators

WOODS HOLE, Mass. – A diverse group of 27 scientists from 24 universities and research institutes worldwide have been named 2019 Whitman Center Fellows by the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). These fellowships enable exceptional scientists, including Early Career Fellows, to conduct independent research at the MBL and take advantage of its unique resources and highly […]

Mobile DNA Element Found in Mosquito Parasite Has Potential for Infectious Disease Control

WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Controlling mosquito-borne illnesses, such as Dengue or West Nile virus, has historically been difficult due to a lack of effective vaccines and concerns about the environmental impact of insecticides. Thus, scientists have turned to manipulating Wolbachia, a parasitic bacterium within mosquitoes, as a way to control the reproductive fitness of mosquito […]

Offspring of Older Mothers are More Responsive to Aging Interventions, Study Finds

WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Advanced maternal age at the time of giving birth is known to decrease how long the offspring will live and their fecundity. However, why this occurs is unknown, and it remains unclear if maternal age also alters how offspring respond to interventions to aging. Researchers at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) […]

MBL Receives Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Award to Fund New Imaging Scientist

Contact: Diana Kenney dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass. –  Microscopy innovator Abhishek Kumar, Ph.D., has received a national award from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) to join the staff of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) as a key collaborator in the MBL’s Imaging Initiative, an emerging, interdisciplinary center dedicated to research, discovery, and training in […]

Squid Skin Reveals an Elegant Interplay of Coloration Strategies

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-685-3525; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass. – In the blink of an eye, the squid’s “smart skin” switches color and pattern for the purpose of camouflage or sexual signaling, a virtuosic display that has long fascinated scientists. Now,  collaborators from Northeastern University and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Woods Hole, […]

Scientists Identify Gene Partnerships that Promote Spinal Cord Regeneration

Contact: Diana Kenney 508-685-3525; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Researchers are one step closer to solving the mystery of why some vertebrates can regenerate their spinal cords while others, including humans, create scar tissue after spinal cord injury, leading to lifelong damage. Scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have identified gene “partners” in the […]