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Do hydra sleep? Grass Fellow searches for behavioral cycles in primitive nervous system

Do hydra sleep? Grass Fellow searches for behavioral cycles in primitive nervous system

By Raleigh McElvery Compared to the human brain, built from hundreds of billions of tightly clustered nerve cells, the hydra brain (or “nerve net”) can function with a mere 10,000 widely dispersed neurons. A relative of the jellyfish, this tiny, tubular and tentacled species (H. vulgaris) provides insight into the primitive organization of the nervous

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Strengthening coastal food webs by counting the microbes too | Science Life

Strengthening coastal food webs by counting the microbes too | Science Life

Coastal ecologists from the MBL and the University of Chicago convened last fall to explore the “invisibles” in coastal food webs. How do plants and animals in the food chain interact with microbes in the environment, and how do those interactions affect the cycling of elements, such as nitrogen, through the coastal ecosystem? Read more

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MBL friendly octopus eggs are hatching!

By Raleigh McElvery It may come as a surprise that an octopus could be the next “lab rat.” MBL research fellow Eric Edsinger is developing Octopus laqueus — also called the “friendly octopus” because it is less cannibalistic than other octopus species — as a possible genetic model for cephalopods. This requires culturing multiple generations

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MBL, UChicago scientists attend launch of National Microbiome Initiative

On May 13, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) to foster the integrated study of microbiomes across different ecosystems. In attendance at the launch in Washington, D.C., were (left to right) David Mark Welch, director of the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Bay Paul Center and associate director

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First squid catch of the season | @mblwoodshole

These Loligo squid are vacationing in our Marine Resources Center after our collecting vessel, R/V Gemma, brought them in from sea yesterday morning. #BiologicalDiscovery #WoodsHole A video posted by MBL Communications (@mblwoodshole) on May 3, 2016 at 12:57pm PDT

Arctic scientists gather in Woods Hole

Arctic scientists gather in Woods Hole

More than 65 ecologists and earth system scientists gathered at MBL in April for the annual Arctic LTER All-Scientists meeting. The Arctic LTER, led by Ecosystems Center Senior Scientist Gus Shaver, investigates the dynamics of the tundra, lake and stream ecosystems on the North Slope of Alaska and is based at Toolik Field Station. The

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