Microbes in Dental Plaque are More Like Relatives in Soil than on the Tongue

Contact: Diana Kenney dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-605-3525 By Alison Caldwell University of Chicago Medicine Study suggests plaque may have been a “stepping stone” for microbes into the body CHICAGO and WOODS HOLE, Mass. — From the perspective of A. Murat Eren, the mouth is the perfect place to study microbial communities. “Not only is it the beginning […]

Launching the UChicago Autumn Quarter at MBL – Pandemic Style

If you’ve ever stayed in the MBL’s Swope Center, you may not recognize the accommodations that greeted 12 University of Chicago students who arrived last month for the first-ever “Autumn Quarter at MBL.” Each undergraduate’s home for eight weeks is a relatively luxurious, social-distancing spread: a double room with a single bed and a desk […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 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 […]

Leaving Microbes Out of Climate Change Dialogue has Major Consequences, Experts Warn

Contacts: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-685-3525; dkenney@mbl.edu Isabelle Dubach, UNSW Sydney, Australia +61 2 9385 7307, +61 432 307 244 i.dubach@unsw.edu.au WOODS HOLE, Mass. — More than 30 microbiologists from 9 countries have issued a warning to humanity that omitting microbes – the support system of the biosphere – from  the climate change equation […]

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 […]

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 […]

Catching Up With MBL Director Nipam Patel

Last September, the MBL welcomed a new Director, Nipam Patel, who was a longtime MBL summer course faculty member while he was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Chicago. In this edited interview, Dr. Patel reflects on the MBL’s unique strengths and possibilities for its future, and shares […]