Category: Research Updates

How to Make a Butterfly: Team Uses CRISPR to Knock Out Gene for Hindwing Identity

How to Make a Butterfly: Team Uses CRISPR to Knock Out Gene for Hindwing Identity

The forewings and hindwings of butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) are different from each other, with color patterns and morphologies that mediate a wide range of functions in flight, signaling, and protection. To explore the genetics that determine these differences, a team including MBL Director Nipam Patel and Ph.D. candidate Aaron Pomerantz used CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing

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Artists, Scientists Share Insights on The Great Marsh in March 17 Event

Artists, Scientists Share Insights on The Great Marsh in March 17 Event

Artists, scientists, and residents all treasure the expansive Great Marsh on the northeastern Massachusetts coast. On March 17, they will convene for “Restoration Matters,” a virtual symposium on Great Marsh ecology and preservation. A special feature will be “Coffee Break with Artists of the Great Marsh,” an exhibit of paintings, photography, and music evoking the

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MBL’s Emil Ruff Receives Simons Early Career Investigator Award

MBL’s Emil Ruff Receives Simons Early Career Investigator Award

The Simons Foundation has selected MBL Assistant Scientist Emil Ruff for a 2021 Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Award. This three-year award will fund continued research on novel lineages of Chlorobi, bacteria that Ruff previously sampled from Trunk River in Falmouth, Mass., and investigated with members of his lab and with

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MBL Receives Grant to Establish Advanced Light-Sheet Microscopy Laboratory

MBL Receives Grant to Establish Advanced Light-Sheet Microscopy Laboratory

As the MBL takes a leading role in developing new and emerging research organisms such as squid, butterflies, axolotls, etc., there is a growing need for optical microscopes that can image large embryos/organisms for several hours to days, without harming them due to light exposure. To meet this need, the MBL recently received a grant

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Seasons of the Microbiome Over the Amazon Rainforest

Seasons of the Microbiome Over the Amazon Rainforest

One may not think of the Earth’s atmosphere as “inhabited,” but it holds a multitude of suspended, biological particles (bioaerosols) that originate from bacteria, fungi, algae, plants and animals. Bioaerosols play an important role for ecosystems and the climate because they disperse microbes, influence radiation absorption, scatter sunlight, or nucleate cloud condensation. The diverse microbes

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Cell Studies Continue at Lillie Library | MBLWHOI Library

Image source: Sedgwick, William T. and E.B Wilson. General Biology. New York, H. Holt and Co., 1886 p.53.

By Jen Walton Since the physical Library at MBL is closed, the Library staff has been working hard to get Woods Hole scientists the materials that they need to support their research. In addition, there are two graduate students form Arizona State University working in Woods Hole and making use of Library resources in different

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