Inspiration from MBL Interim Co-Director Neil Shubin’s landmark book on vertebrate evolution, Your Inner Fish, plus skate embryos provided to scientist Jeremy Dasen by the MBL Marine Resources Center, have led to an intriguing discovery about the neurological origins of walking — in the ocean. (See also the article this week in Science magazine.) By
BMC Biology has selected “non-model model organisms – whose unique biology can help understanding diverse processes” as one of the journal’s top stories in 2017. Several MBL-affiliated scientists, including Wallace Marshall (co-director, Physiology course) and Julie Theriot (faculty, Physical Biology of the Cell course) provided BMC with a review of selected promising novel model systems.
By Ewen Callaway Most summers since 1893, young developmental and evolutionary biologists have flocked to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, to master the tricks of their trade. At the world-famous Marine Biological Laboratory there, students in its annual embryology course dissect sea urchins and comb jellies, and graft cells together from different animals. But for the last