Author: Diana Kenney

New Sequencing Approach Offers Insight on Microbiomes in Changing Environments

New Sequencing Approach Offers Insight on Microbiomes in Changing Environments

By Jennifer Tsang Microbial communities have been evolving with their host environments for millions of years, whether that be inside the human body, in soil, or in the ocean. With the advent of rapid DNA sequencing, researchers have been able to identify organisms and genes present in these microbial communities. But it is often difficult

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A Beautiful Cell-Division Movie from the Shribak Lab | @MullinsLab

A Beautiful Cell-Division Movie from the Shribak Lab | @MullinsLab

Here’s a (widely circulated!) shout-out to MBL scientist Michael Shribak’s OI-DIC microscope from Dyche Mullins of University of California, San Francisco (and former MBL Physiology course co-director). For no particular reason, here is a beautiful movie of meiosis in a crane fly (Nephrotoma suturalis) spermatocyte, imaged by quantitative phase microscopy (OI-DIC microscope). I cribbed this

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Recent Deep-Sea Research from New MBL Scientist Emil Ruff

Recent Deep-Sea Research from New MBL Scientist Emil Ruff

Welcome to Emil Ruff, who has joined the Marine Biological Laboratory as an Assistant Scientist in the Ecosystems Center and the Bay Paul Center. The Ruff lab studies microbial life in deep-sea ecosystems, where light doesn’t penetrate and energy is scarce. To thrive in this environment, most microbes collaborate and develop complex food webs. The

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At World Economic Forum in Davos, Support for MBL Research is Voiced

At World Economic Forum in Davos, Support for MBL Research is Voiced

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Princeton professor and MBL Whitman Scientist Clifford Brangwynne advocated for philanthropy for the Marine Biological Laboratory and other institutions that are discovering and studying marine life. “The technologies of tomorrow come from the discoveries in basic research today,” he said. “The ocean, with its incredible biodiversity —

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