Biomolecular condensates “are changing our fundamental understanding of how cells work.” They were first observed and described in the MBL Physiology course. By Viviane Callier Imagine packing all the people in the world into the Great Salt Lake in Utah — all of us jammed shoulder to shoulder, yet also charging past one another at
By Eve Zuckoff How did insects get their wings? After 100 years of debate, that is the mystery just solved by biologists at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. Until now, many scientists believed that insect wings were ”novel” structures that sprang up with no corresponding structure in the ancestor. But postdoctoral researcher Heather
MBL’s Roger Hanlon and Bret Grasse shared their octopus expertise with CBS’s Chip Reid on “CBS News Sunday Morning,” airing Jan. 12. It’s one of the most bizarre creatures on Earth, and not just because it looks so different. The octopus can camouflage itself in a flash; squeeze its entire body through a one-inch hole;
MBL Associate Scientist Michael Shribak and Senior Scientist Joshua Rosenthal collaborated on this study, reported in the August issue of The Biological Bulletin, which features marine biology research. The Biological Bulletin is published by the Marine Biological Laboratory and the University of Chicago Press. Newswise — Writers know the power of the pen, but scientists
By Kenneth Chang Osamu Shimomura, who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008 for his discovery of a glowing jellyfish protein that is now ubiquitous in biomedical research, died on Friday in Nagasaki, Japan. He was 90. Nagasaki University, his alma mater, announced his death. “Osamu was a quiet and brilliant researcher,” Martin L.
Matt Everett, an undergraduate at Northeastern University, spent a six-month co-op (extended internship) with Taylor Sakmar and Bret Grasse in MBL’s Cephalopod Operations program. Everett was given an independent project to pursue: Figure out how to raise the Lesser Pacific Striped Octopus (Octopus chierchiae), which had never been cultured in captivity before. He relished the
Jennifer Morgan, Ph.D. By Rich Holmes Researchers at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole study sea creatures to better understand life processes, which sometimes leads to scientific and medical breakthroughs. One scientist is studying how one such organism – the lamprey – may hold clues to why certain people fall prey to neurological diseases