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Is Aging Inevitable? Not Necessarily for Sea Urchins: Study Shows That Sea Urchins Defy Aging, Regardless of Lifespan

Sea urchins are remarkable organisms. They can quickly regrow damaged spines and feet. Some species also live to extraordinary old ages and — even more remarkably — do so with no signs of poor health, such as a decline in regenerative capacity or an increase in age-related mortality. These ocean Methuselahs even reproduce as if…

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Economic Development

Construction Underway on New Training Laboratory: 6,500-Square-Foot Facility Will More Than Triple Training Space

Construction is underway on a new 6,560-square-foot training laboratory building that will more than triple the MDI Biological Laboratory’s dedicated training space. The expansion of the training infrastructure will allow for an increase from 350 to 500 in the number of students and teachers receiving hands-on training in biomedical research annually. The new building is…

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Aging

Video Released in Observance of National Parkinson’s Awareness Week

In celebration of Parkinson’s Awareness last month, we launched a video celebrating two unique champions for research: Michael Westphal, a former competitive runner who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 49, and Aric Rogers, Ph.D., a scientist at the MDI Biological Laboratory who was motivated to study neurodegenerative diseases by a family history of Huntington’s…

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Scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory Are Unlocking the Mechanisms of Parkinson’s Disease

Scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory are identifying the basic mechanisms behind Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative neurological disease affecting millions of people worldwide. The research could some day lead to treatments for a disabling condition for which medicine now has nothing to offer other than symptomatic relief. Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder of the nervous…

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Aging

Signature Course on the Biology of Aging to be Introduced at the MDI Biological Laboratory

Why do we age? What are the mechanisms that regulate aging on a cellular level? Is it possible to extend youthfulness through genetic manipulation? These are some of the tantalizing questions that will be the subject of a new signature course at the MDI Biological Laboratory addressing two of the most fundamental issues related to…

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Neurological Disorders

MDI Biological Laboratory Announces Potential New Therapy for Nerve Damage

Assistant Professor Sandra Rieger, Ph.D., has identified two drugs that could potentially be used to reverse peripheral nerve damage, or peripheral neuropathy, resulting from cancer chemotherapy treatment. The drugs also have potential applications for the treatment of peripheral neuropathies caused by other conditions. The drugs are the subject of a provisional patent filed by the…

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Economic Development

How INBRE Is Strengthening Maine’s Traditional Industries

The MDI Biological Laboratory is the leader of the Maine INBRE program, whose goal is to strengthen biomedical research in Maine. More than 2,100 undergraduate students have received training in biomedical research at the MDI Biological Laboratory since 2001. Many want to use their training to improve traditional Maine industries such as agriculture, forest products and marine resources.

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Aging

How Does Chronic Stress Early in Life Contribute to Aging?

MDI Biological Laboratory associate professor James A. Coffman, Ph.D., delivered a summary of research being conducted in his laboratory on the effect of stress on health at a recent Work-in-Progress presentation.

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Aging

COBRE Program Garners Accolades from the National Institutes of Health

The role of the MDI Biological Laboratory’s COBRE program in building successful scientific careers for junior researchers and enabling major new research endeavors was recently commended by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) in a request for funding to the U.S. Congress.

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