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Pilot project funding opportunity

Funding of up to $60,000 for one year (total costs) is available for scientifically meritorious projects. Pilot grant applications should focus on a one-year plan with experiments feasible for this time frame. Scientists and clinicians working at all Maine R&D organizations and education institutions are eligible to apply. Eligible investigators must hold an academic faculty…

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Education

Here comes the Class of 2022!

Every year, without fail, we are amazed at the determination, curiosity and sheer excitement for science that our Summer Fellows demonstrate. Training the next generation of scientists, physicians and entrepreneurs is a significant aspect of our mission and without the support of our wonderful community, these valuable educational opportunities wouldn’t be possible. The ten weeks…

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Biotechnology

Excited about light

Were you to walk into the Training Lab at MDI B​iological L​aboratory this week, you probably wouldn’t recognize the scene: leading manufacturers such as Nikon and Leica have brought the latest in computer-aided microscopes and analysis tools for imaging very small cells in living and non-living systems ​to our campus. After a two-year hiatus, we’re…

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The Science of Cocktails: Kombucha-rita

The Science of Cocktails: Kombucha-rita Kombucha and fresh lime combine to make a delicious cocktail that is fizzy, tart and a tad sweet; read on to find out the health benefits of these two amazing ingredients. Made with a key ingredient nicknamed the “elixir of immortality,” this refreshing and effervescent cocktail could not be easier…

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Environment

Funding Helps Expand Arsenic Awareness Program

Groundwater contaminated with naturally occurring arsenic is one of the most pressing public health issues in Maine and New Hampshire. Since 2016, associate professor of environmental health, Jane Disney, Ph.D., has focused on understanding how much arsenic is in our environment by engaging students as citizen scientists in collecting well water for arsenic analysis. This…

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As Popular As Ever: MBMSS 2022

After two years of virtual events, people were thrilled at this year’s hybrid model, with comments such as: “It felt so good to be back in person and networking with so many engaging and intelligent people” common. Many also remarked that keeping an online component made the symposium more inclusive, enabling attendance from those who…

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The Science of Cocktails: Elderflower Gin Fizz

Last month we shared with you the benefits of lemons and raspberries. This month, as we’ve enjoyed a few more hints of warm weather and the summer to come, we’ll be enjoying the wonderful elderflower (Sambucus nigra subspecies canadensis), a perennial native to Maine that can be found near roadsides and wet meadows. This brilliant…

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Biotechnology

Will CRISPR/Cas9 be the Catalyst that Revolutionizes Human Health?

Associate professor, Dustin Updike, Ph.D., is internationally recognized for using CRISPR/Cas9 in his research. CRISPR/Cas9 is a gene-editing technology revolutionizing scientific research and experimental therapies in human health. A genome, the term used to describe all of an organism’s DNA as a whole, is like a blueprint laying out the directions for an organism’s body…

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The Science of Cocktails: Clover Club

Nothing says summer quite like a sun-warmed raspberry, freshly picked from the bush. And although we’re not quite there yet (I’m still willing my daffodils to show their pretty little heads), the inimitable Clover Club will give you both nostalgia for summers past and hope for the one that is just around the seasonal corner….

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