Author: Diana Kenney

Neil Shubin on finding a fish with limbs

Neil Shubin on finding a fish with limbs

By Bonnie Kircher MBL Embyology Course When you look across the fossil record at the evolution of life, an instinctual response is one of awe. How did natural selection, an entirely passive force, direct monkeys onto their hind legs or fish onto land? When comparing fish and tetrapods (limbed vertebrates) that are alive today, it’s

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Scientists Just Doubled the Number of Known Contagious Cancers | The Washington Post

Scientists Just Doubled the Number of Known Contagious Cancers | The Washington Post

By Sarah Kaplan All along the western Canadian coast, mussels are dying. Their blobby bodies are swollen by tumors. The blood-like fluid that fills their interiors is clogged with malignant cells. They’re all sick with the same thing: cancer. And it seems to be spreading. For all its harrowing, terrifying damage, the saving grace of cancer has

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Tracking fish migration in a thawing Arctic landscape

Tracking fish migration in a thawing Arctic landscape

Here’s a photographic update from Heidi Golden of the FishScape Team, which is studying the movement of Arctic grayling populations throughout the northern Alaskan landscape. The team is tracking several genetically distinct grayling populations, and is interested in the fishes’ performance in watersheds that differ in temperature, aquatic connectivity, and sensitivity to climate change. The

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Science journalists take research crash course at MBL

Science journalists take research crash course at MBL

Twelve intrepid science journalists spent 10 days this spring delving into biological or environmental research at the MBL, under the guidance of scientists. The journalists were 2016 recipients of fellowships from the MBL Logan Science Journalism Program, now entering its 31st year. In the spirit of the MBL’s “learning by discovery” model, the journalists learned

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