Author: Stephanie McPherson

Study of Marine Microbial Metabolic Expression Receives Grant Award

Study of Marine Microbial Metabolic Expression Receives Grant Award

The Simons Foundation has awarded a collaborative grant to MBL Senior Scientist Joseph Vallino to study how local marine environments affect the organization and function of microbial communities. The grant is part of the larger CBIOMES project funded by the Simons Foundation and led by Michael J. Follows at MIT. Vallino is applying principles of

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MBL Fellow to Study Evolution of Cardiovascular System in Pygmy Squid

MBL Fellow to Study Evolution of Cardiovascular System in Pygmy Squid

MBL Research Fellow Eric Edsinger has been awarded a collaborative grant from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) to explore the evolution of the cardiovascular system in cephalopods (squid, octopus and cuttlefish). In the process, the team will advance the pygmy squid, Idiosepius, as a new model system for genetic and biological research. The unusual

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Tissue Development Study Builds on Tools from National Xenopus Resource

Tissue Development Study Builds on Tools from National Xenopus Resource

By Stephanie M. McPherson

The African clawed frog is a great model to learn more about human disease and development. These frogs (also known as Xenopus laevis) produce many transparent embryos, making it easy to observe development and run a number of experiments at a time. But most impressively, 79 percent of genes associated with human disease have a close cousin in the genes of these frogs. The frog’s genes may not be exactly the same, but they function in similar ways. This means results from disease studies in these frogs have a strong relevance to human disease.

A recent paper in Genetics details how to make the study of these frogs more efficient.

MBL Fellow to Assess Impact of Microplastics on Sea Scallop Populations

MBL Fellow to Assess Impact of Microplastics on Sea Scallop Populations

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded MBL Fellow Linda Amaral-Zettler and colleagues a grant to study the impact of microplastics on sea scallop populations.  Eight million metric tons of plastic winds up in the ocean every year, and scallops are one of the most important fisheries in the US Northeast. Some of the

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Nine MBL Affiliates are Named Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology

Nine MBL Affiliates are Named Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology

Nine of the 96 newly announced Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology have spent time at the Marine Biological Laboratory as researchers, course faculty or students. The new Fellows join the ranks of 2,500 scientists, many of whom have also been awarded Nobel Prizes, Lasker Awards, or the National Medal of Science. Fellows have

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Explore the Microscopic World With MBL Whitman Scientist on CNN International

Explore the Microscopic World With MBL Whitman Scientist on CNN International

Learn about the miraculous world of cellular life this weekend with MBL Whitman Center Scientist Clare Waterman of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Waterman will be featured on CNN International’s program “CNN Inspirations: Unseen Earth.” The episode will air on CNN International on Friday, Dec. 15 at 4 a.m. ET, Saturday, Dec. 16

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Profile of a Scientific Mentor: Veronica Martinez-Acosta

Profile of a Scientific Mentor: Veronica Martinez-Acosta

While Thomas Blum, a high-school senior from Newton, Mass., was a research intern at the MBL last summer, he became interested in the experiences of women in science. For this profile, Blum interviewed Veronica Martinez-Acosta, co-director of the MBL’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program and a professor at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.