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 […]

Little Skates Could Hold the Key to Cartilage Therapy in Humans

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 By Emily Greenhalgh WOODS HOLE, MASS. — Nearly a quarter of Americans suffer from arthritis, most commonly due to the wear and tear of the cartilage that protects the joints. As we age, or get injured, we have no way to grow new cartilage. Unlike humans and other mammals, the skeletons of […]

“MBL SciShoots” – Our Digital Learning Initiative

“MBL SciShoots” – Our Digital Learning Initiative

MBL Launches Digital Learning Initiative with “MBL SciShoots”

The coronavirus pandemic has everyone adapting and the Marine Biological Laboratory is no exception. With students unable to come to the campus to learn, MBL leadership has launched a new initiative to bring science to the students—virtually. Watch the video below to learn all about our new educational series—MBL SciShoots—from MBL Director Nipam Patel. Be […]

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 […]

As Hospitals Face Severe Shortages, the MBL Lends a Hand

A critical national shortage of surgical masks, gloves, and other protective gear for medical workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the Marine Biological Laboratory to scour its labs and storerooms for supplies to donate to the local health system. “We are donating about 20,000 pairs of non-latex gloves and hundreds […]

Vivid Microbial Landscape on the Human Tongue is Revealed

Contact: 508-685-3525; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass. – For the first time, researchers have developed high-resolution images of the microbial communities on the human tongue. The images, published this week in Cell Reports, reveal that microbial biofilms on the surface of the tongue have a complex, highly structured spatial organization. “From detailed analysis of the structure, we […]

New Genetic Editing Powers Discovered in Squid

Contact: 508-685-3525; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Revealing yet another super-power in the skillful squid, scientists have discovered that squid massively edit their own genetic instructions not only within the nucleus of their neurons, but also within the axon — the long, slender neural projections that transmit electrical impulses to other neurons. This is the […]

For Migratory Alewife, Urbanization of Coastal Areas Means Smaller Size, Poorer Health

By Emily Greenhalgh WOODS HOLE, Mass. — It’s not spring on Cape Cod until the herring are running. From late February to early April, two species of herring —alewife and blueback herring—return from the ocean and swarm the ponds and streams of New England, seeking the waters in which they were born. “[Alewife] come back […]