National Geographic : 1962 Aug
Warm, gentle waters at Craigville Beach lure holidayers on the Fourth of July. Shal lows and surf to suit every swimmer's taste fringe the Cape's 300-mile shore. Harmony and hot dogs. Students at Sandy Neck Beach relax from their summer jobs. search material for investigators of the life sciences. The nerve fibers of a squid, for example, are like those of a human, and the squid's nerve fibers are so large that they are fairly easy to study. Again, from experiments with sea urchin eggs might come aid toward the long-sought victory over human cancer; chemicals that inhibit the growth of sea ur chin eggs might have use in the treatment of cancer, which is generally regarded as an un controlled multiplication of tissue cells. The researchers at the lab come from a hundred institutions all over the world. For them the lab's collecting boats gather squids and sea urchins and the like, and upon special request, a young whale or a manta ray. It is not unusual to find several Nobel Prize win ners in summer residence. They work in freedom at the lab. Research ers mostly engage in basic research, meaning that a project need not have any specific ap plication so long as it adds to the fund of human knowledge. The third Woods Hole scientific establish ment, a biological laboratory run by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, ap plies its research to the improvement of the North Atlantic's commercial fisheries.