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 Anna Vlasits Squid and their cephalopod brethren have been the inspiration for many a science fiction creature. Their slippery appendages, huge proportions, and inking abilities can be downright shudder-inducing. (See: Arrival.) But you should probably be more concerned by the cephalopod’s huge brain—which not only helps it solve tricky puzzles, but also lets it