<![endif][if lt IE 9]>< ![endif] Congratulations to the 2019 Grass Fellowship recipients! These early-career scientists will spend the upcoming summer at the MBL pursuing a self-designed, independent research project. The Grass Fellows function as an intellectual and social group within the MBL scientific community while sharing research space in the storied Grass Lab. This years’
By Ryan Cross Joshua Rosenthal isn’t your typical biotech entrepreneur. The cephalopod scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, has spent most of his life studying the nervous systems of squid—along with the occasional octopus. But in April 2018, Rosenthal found himself in Boston pitching to investors at Atlas Venture an idea
Spotlight on the little-studied but widespread marine fungi! The Moore Foundation sponsored a workshop at MBL on the topic, resulting in two recent papers in Current Biology, including this “Marine Fungi Primer.” MBL Fellow Amy Gladfelter of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, organized the workshop. By Amy S. Gladfelter, Timothy Y. James and Anthony
This news article references a new study in Invertebrate Biology by Sidney Tamm, a retired Whitman Center scientist. By Hannah Osborne A scientist has discovered an unusual feature on the morphology of a jellyfish-like creature—an “intermittent anus” that disappears after it defecates. Mnemiopsis leidyi is a type of ctenophore—also known as a comb jelly. While
By Alexandra K. Schnell
Behavioral biases — favoring the left or right side for specific tasks, such as attracting a mate — are common and are seen in animals ranging from bees and octopuses to parrots and whales. But why do many populations show an imbalance between right- and left-biased individuals? Our new study in the cuttlefish suggests answers.
MBL Scientists Roger Hanlon, Stephen Senft, Alan Kuzirian, and Joshua Rosenthal contributed to this study. By Veronique Greenwood Squid are chameleons of the ocean, shifting effortlessly from hue to hue as they cross sand, coral and grass. Scientists have long studied the peculiar structures in their skin that interact with light, trying to understand how
The Washington Post included this item on the history of squid research in its e-newsletter to subscribers this week.
By Carolyn Van Houten and Ben Guarino At the Marine Biological Laboratory, a nonprofit science center seated at the bottom of a seaside hill in Woods Hole, Mass., biologists are raising thousands of animals called cephalopods. These animals — octopuses, cuttlefish and squid — have much to offer biologists: Cephalopods have unusual genetics, unusual bodies
By Karen Weintraub All serious butterfly collectors remember their first gynandromorph: a butterfly with a color and pattern that are distinctly male on one wing and female on the other. Seeing one sparks wonder and curiosity. For the biologist Nipam H. Patel, the sighting offered a possible answer to a question he had been pondering
By Mark Wolverton The Marine Biological Laboratory has purchased a new, advanced confocal microscope with a grant from the National Institutes of Health awarded to Associate Scientist Michael Shribak. Shribak, in collaboration with Kazuhiro Maeshima of Japan’s National Institute of Genetics (NIG) and MBL’s Tomomi Tani, will use the microscope to study heterochromatin (a condensed