Category: Research Updates

The Stars Align: New Imaging Technology Reveals Architecture in Dividing Starfish Cells

The Stars Align: New Imaging Technology Reveals Architecture in Dividing Starfish Cells

Seeing how the building blocks of cells align over time is important for understanding how cells are built, move, grow and divide. Recently, researchers from Japan collaborated with imaging scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) to develop a new cellular probe, POLArIS, that allows real-time imaging of molecular orientations in live cells. The study,

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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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