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For more than a century, scientists from around the world have been gathering in Woods Hole. The best students from the best universities, the brightest young faculty, the most successful scientists working at the pinnacle of the profession — an unmatched collection of researchers and educators congregates every year in the seaside village whose name has become synonymous with science. But what lies behind this convergence of intellectual energies? What sustains this confluence of diverse scientific talents?.

The answer is simple: a history, tradition, and passion for discovery. Couple this with an abundant supply of interesting marine organisms on which to work and a community that has been home to some of the great biological scientists of the modern era, and all the elements are in place for an institution unlike any other: the Marine Biological Laboratory.

Independent, and proud of it. Geographically isolated, yet in the mainstream of biomedical research. Unusual, in that research efforts are focused on marine organisms but improve human health. Global, with ecosystems research on diverse environments addressing large environmental issues. Rich in history with many Nobel laureates having worked or studied here and convinced that the most exciting work still lies ahead.

 
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