** To do our part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our staff, supporters and community safe, MDI Biological Laboratory has moved all public events, courses and conferences to a virtual format. Our top priority is the safety of our employees, supporters and community. We will be hosting this Science Café online.**
The topic of the MDI Science Café for Monday, August 23, 2021 will be “Behind the Scenes: Axolotl Limb Regeneration,” presented by MDI Biological Laboratory Assistant Professor, Prayag Murawala, Ph.D.
The very first experiment demonstrating the capacity of an axolotl limb to regenerate was conducted almost 250 years ago, by Lazzaro Spallanzani in 1768. Since then, many generations of scientists have spent millions of dollars and their entire careers studying axolotl limb regeneration.
Despite our progress, we still have a distance to go to fully answer the question: “if they can, why can’t we?” In this Science Café, Dr. Prayag Murawala will use axolotl limb regeneration as a case study to explain why we remain obsessed with limb regeneration, how much progress we have made and what lies ahead.
The MDI Science Café series is held on the second Monday of the month through May, when the bimonthly summer series begins.
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MDI Science Cafés are offered in fulfillment of the MDI Biological Laboratory’s mission to promote scientific literacy and increase public engagement with science. The popular events offer a chance to hear directly from speakers about trends in science.
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