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2012-03-14 22:03:04

In a brainless marine worm, MBL researchers find the developmental 'scaffold' for the vertebrate brain The origin of the exquisitely complex vertebrate brain is somewhat mysterious. "In terms of evolution, it basically pops up out of nowhere. You don't see anything anatomically like it in other animals," says Ariel Pani, an investigator at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole and a graduate student at the University of Chicago. But this week in the journal Nature, Pani...

2012-02-09 10:00:00

WOBURN, Mass., Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MBL International Corporation, a leading life science company focused on providing high quality products and solutions for life science research and clinical diagnostics, today announced the launch of AngioPhase(TM), an angiogenesis kit which allows for the analysis of all known phases of the angiogenic process in a convenient and flexible format. Angiogenesis is the multistep process whereby new blood vessels develop from pre-existing...

2012-01-16 10:29:05

Just like people, some proteins have characteristic ways of "walking," which (also like human gaits) are not so easy to describe. But now scientists have discovered the unique "drunken sailor" gait of dynein, a protein that is critical for the function of every cell in the body and whose malfunction has been associated with neurodegenerative disorders such as Lou Gehrig's disease and Parkinson's disease. The research, which was led by Samara Reck-Peterson of Harvard Medical School and...

2011-12-07 22:32:28

Research presented at ASCB annual meeting New fluorescent labeling technology that distinguishes in a single image the population size and spatial distribution of 15 different taxa has uncovered new taxon pairings that indicate unsuspected cooperation -- and standoffishness -- between members of the microbe biofilm that covers teeth, according to a presentation on Dec. 7, at the American Society for Cell Biology's Annual Meeting in Denver. Members of the genera Prevotella and...

2011-08-08 09:10:50

"Macrosystems biology" funding supports predictive understanding of large-scale biological responses to climate, land-use change Biological sciences writ large, it might be called. To better detect, understand and predict the effects of climate and land-use change on organisms and ecosystems at regional to continental scales, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded 14 grants in "macrosystems biology." How will the biosphere respond to natural and human-induced changes...

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2011-05-26 11:06:29

One helpful action anyone can take in response to global warming is to plant trees and preserve forests. Trees and plants capture carbon dioxide during photosynthesis, thereby removing the most abundant greenhouse gas from the atmosphere and storing some of it in their woody tissue. Yet global warming may affect the capacity of trees to store carbon by altering forest nitrogen cycling, concludes a study led by Jerry Melillo of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), published this week in...

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2011-05-17 10:48:21

Team from MBL, West Point uses new imaging technology to 'see' camouflaged marine animals in the eyes of their predators How could a colorblind animal know how to change its skin color to blend into its surroundings? And what will the animal's predator "see," looking at its prey before and after it hides? These provocative questions are addressed in article published today by a collaborative team from the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Mass., and the U.S. Military Academy...

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2011-02-15 07:29:06

Like people in cities, microbes often live in complex communities that contain many different microbial types. Also like us, microbes tend to gravitate to and "hang out" with certain other types in their community, more than with the rest. And sometimes, when opportunities arise, they move to more favorable locations. But until recently, scientists have not been able to look at a microbial community and distinguish the spatial relationship of more than 2 or 3 kinds of microbes at once. Now, a...

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2011-02-11 08:10:00

Researchers believe the findings represent the first detailed evidence of an aggression-inducing contact pheromone in any aquatic animal When male squid come into contact with a chemical found on the outside of eggs laid by females, they instantly go from swimming along calmly and minding their own business to a state of extreme aggression, according to a new report published online on February 10 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. After just a touch of an egg, males will often...

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2011-02-03 14:05:00

Scientists have mapped the genome of the waterflea, revealing the most gene-packed animal characterized to date. The information deciphered of the tiny crustacean could help researchers develop and conduct real-time monitoring systems of the effects of environmental remediation efforts. The waterflea, or the Daphnia pulex, is considered a keystone species in freshwater ecosystems and is roughly the size of an equal sign on a keyboard.  The Daphnia pulex is the first crustacean to have...