Sydney Brenner, 2002 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, was an instructor in the MBL Physiology course from 1967-1970 and a MBL Whitman Center researcher (1967-1970, 1988). Among his many contributions to biology, Brenner led a team that described the first complete wiring diagram, or “connectome,” of an organism, the nematode C. elegans. Obituary from
By Matt Wood
Nearly three years after its launch, the Microbiome Center is staying true to its roots as a hub for like-minded scientists interested in exploring the world of microbes.
From University of Chicago News Since the late 1800s, if you were serious about studying biology, you went to the Marine Biological Laboratory. The discoveries made there have led to world-changing applications in biology, medicine and neurology. Its recently appointed MBL director, Nipam Patel, knows a lot about studying organisms. As one of the world’s leading
On March 18-19, ecologists including MBL Distinguished Scientist Jerry Mellilo gathered at Harvard Forest in central Massachusetts to mark the 30th anniversary of the forest’s designation as a Long Term Ecological Research site (LTER) by the National Science Foundation. Attendees visited signature experiments at the forest — such as Mellilo’s nearly 30-year soil-warming experiment to
<![endif][if lt IE 9]>< ![endif] Congratulations to the 2019 Grass Fellowship recipients! These early-career scientists will spend the upcoming summer at the MBL pursuing a self-designed, independent research project. The Grass Fellows function as an intellectual and social group within the MBL scientific community while sharing research space in the storied Grass Lab. This years’
By Ryan Cross Joshua Rosenthal isn’t your typical biotech entrepreneur. The cephalopod scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, has spent most of his life studying the nervous systems of squid—along with the occasional octopus. But in April 2018, Rosenthal found himself in Boston pitching to investors at Atlas Venture an idea
Spotlight on the little-studied but widespread marine fungi! The Moore Foundation sponsored a workshop at MBL on the topic, resulting in two recent papers in Current Biology, including this “Marine Fungi Primer.” MBL Fellow Amy Gladfelter of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, organized the workshop. By Amy S. Gladfelter, Timothy Y. James and Anthony
This news article references a new study in Invertebrate Biology by Sidney Tamm, a retired Whitman Center scientist. By Hannah Osborne A scientist has discovered an unusual feature on the morphology of a jellyfish-like creature—an “intermittent anus” that disappears after it defecates. Mnemiopsis leidyi is a type of ctenophore—also known as a comb jelly. While
By Alexandra K. Schnell
Behavioral biases — favoring the left or right side for specific tasks, such as attracting a mate — are common and are seen in animals ranging from bees and octopuses to parrots and whales. But why do many populations show an imbalance between right- and left-biased individuals? Our new study in the cuttlefish suggests answers.
MBL Scientists Roger Hanlon, Stephen Senft, Alan Kuzirian, and Joshua Rosenthal contributed to this study. By Veronique Greenwood Squid are chameleons of the ocean, shifting effortlessly from hue to hue as they cross sand, coral and grass. Scientists have long studied the peculiar structures in their skin that interact with light, trying to understand how