Andrew Gillis, incoming associate scientist and a Whitman Center Scientist from the University of Cambridge, U.K., was a co-author on this recent study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. By Cristy Lytal The emergence of jaws in primitive fish allowed vertebrates to become top predators. What is less appreciated is another evolutionary
By Emily Greenhalgh Sharks are some of the most popular animals, but how they spend their time in the ocean is a bit of a mystery. Shark biologist and MBL Whitman Fellow Craig O’Connell has developed the Shark Harness, which films and tracks tagged sharks, providing insight into post-release behavior, predator-prey interactions, and habitat preference.
By Emily Greenhalgh From pollution to climate change—in order to understand how ecosystems are affected by changes in their environment, scientists need long-term observations. This was the idea behind the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Long-Term Ecological Research Network (LTER), which is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year. In 1980, the NSF launched the LTER program
Modern medicine has provided an increase in life expectancy, but along with this gain has come an increase in cases of neurodegenerative disease. Parkinson’s disease, a motor disorder characterized by stiffness, tremors and slowness of movement, is the second most common neurodegenerative disease. Its symptoms are caused by death of dopaminergic neurons in the brain.
Human activities are driving increasing concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere, and the resulting climate change is becoming more and more obvious. But there are natural mechanisms operating in ecosystems that can transform atmospheric CO2 into organic forms and store it in soil over the long-term. In particular, organic matter can become bound to soil
By Emily Greenhalgh One of the MBL’s popular courses, Physical Biology of the Cell (PBoC), went virtual this year, with a three-week long schedule of talks garnering hundreds of live views each. “We had an amazing group that had already been scheduled. It was on their calendars. We knew they were going to be excellent
UPDATED: October 13, 2020 | Every month, research from MBL scientists and affiliates is published in academic journals across the globe. In August 2020, nine new studies were published. MBL-affiliated authors are in bold. Our list of recent publications is updated weekly at: mbl.edu/recent-mbl-publications August Begovich, K., & Wilhelm, J. E. (2020). An In Vitro
Every month, research from MBL scientists and affiliates is published in academic journals across the globe. In July 2020, 13 new studies were published. MBL-affiliated authors are in bold. Our list of recent publications is updated weekly at: mbl.edu/recent-mbl-publications July Begovich, K., Vu, A. Q., Yeo, G., & Wilhelm, J. E. (2020). Conserved metabolite regulation
The National Xenopus Resource (NXR) at the MBL is as a national stock center for the Xenopus genus of frogs and also serves as a training center for Xenopus researchers to learn advanced technologies, e.g., imaging and genome editing. Established at the MBL in 2010, the NXR is directed by MBL Senior Scientist Marko Horb
In 2018, the National Science Foundation (NSF) program “Understanding the Rules of Life: Building a Synthetic Cell” held an Ideas Lab to generate projects to develop synthetic cells. MBL Fellow Jane Maienschein attended. She became part of a team whose goal is to develop artificial cytoskeletons to place in living cells. In other words, the