Introducing the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)

Lillie Laboratory, Marine Biological Laboratory
Lillie Laboratory, Marine Biological Laboratory

TRA360 is back once again bringing you news on the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), an international center for biological research and education founded in Wood’s Hole, Massachusetts in 1888. Researchers are drawn to the MBL to conduct cutting-edge biomedical and environmental research or to take one of the MBL’s 22 advanced science courses.  Recently, the facility underwent major renovations, including an upgrade to its educational cornerstone, Loeb Laboratory, and established the new Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering.

In its Marine Resources Center, the MBL maintains marine models such as sea urchins and squid that researchers study to learn about human biology, including neurology and embryology. To maintain these creatures, MBL pumps in over a million gallons of sea water a day from the sea into this facility.

What else is happening at the MBL? Recently the MBL partnered with several other educational institutions to create the Encyclopedia of Life, an effort to create an internet page for each species in the world. There are about 1.9 million species on Earth, and the Encyclopedia to date has over 1 million pages.

We hope you enjoyed our intro into the MBL. Stay tuned for our next two posts about two of the laboratories within the MBL that are doing work in the Regenerative Medicine field. Let us know what you think so far @TRA360!