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 […]

MBL September Courses Launch UChicago Students into Research

By Stephanie McPherson For the second year running, a diverse group of University of Chicago undergraduates enjoyed three weeks of intensive study at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) while enrolled in the university’s MBL September Courses. These students experience full immersion in the research world of a field of science. With small lab teams and […]

Large-Scale Study Indicates Novel, Abundant Nitrogen-Fixing Microbes in Surface Ocean

CONTACT: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.— Move over, cyanobacteria! A large-scale study of the Earth’s surface ocean indicates the microbes responsible for fixing nitrogen there—previously thought to be almost exclusively photosynthetic cyanobacteria–include an abundant and widely distributed suite of non-photosynthetic bacterial populations. The international study, published this week in Nature […]