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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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General News

2022 Visiting Scientists Arrive at MDIBL

The 2022 Visiting Scientist program has begun in earnest with the arrival of Helmut Augustin, Ph.D., DVM, from Heidelberg University in Heidelberg, Germany, and Hillary Maddin, Ph.D., from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada to the MDIBL campus.

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Biotechnology

MDIBL Welcomes Future Biotech Leaders to Campus

During the weekend of April 8-10, 2022, nine students from The Roux Institute will be on campus at the MDI Biological Laboratory as part of their semester long course, "Biotechnology Applications Laboratory.”

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Education

The Maine INBRE in its 22nd Year – Looking Back and Ahead

Guest post by James A. Coffman, Director, Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence

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Biotechnology

Take a Closer Look: Microscopy at MDIBL

While scientific images are often stunning from an artistic point of view, for the scientists, the beauty of the image is most often contained in the answers it can give them. Frédéric Bonnet,Ph.D., manager of MDI Biological Laboratory’s Light Microscopy Facility (LMF) strives to make sure that users have up-to-date training to make sure they can obtain information that is beneficial to their research. 

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Biotechnology

Shaping Maine’s Scientific Future

Earlier this month, MDI Biological Laboratory’s President, Dr. Hermann Haller, addressed those attending Eggs & Issues, the Portland (Maine) Chamber of Commerce’s premier breakfast event. As guest speaker, Dr Haller reflected on shaping the scientific future of our beautiful state, and the hard work that MDIBL is engaging in to create world-class education and training opportunities...

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Aging

Comparative Biology: Animal Models Strut Their Stuff

Scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory use the comparative model approach to understand the basic biology of tissue regeneration and aging. Thanks to evolution and common ancestry, we humans actually share a large portion of our DNA with fish, worms, and salamanders. Humans and zebrafish, for example, share 70% of the same genes; 84% of human genes known to be associated with human disease have a zebrafish equivalent. That’s a lot of similarity. 

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Bioinformatics

Cloud Computing 101

Guest blog by Joel Graber, Ph.D., Senior Staff Scientist, Director of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Core

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Education

Courses Already in Full Swing for 2022

Somehow February is already here and we’re proud to say that we’ve already successfully hosted three primarily in-person short courses for Maine INBRE undergraduate students. The year got underway with the University of Maine Honor’s College course “Molecular Mechanisms of Human Disease,” which featured faculty from the University of Maine, Dartmouth College, and MDI Biological...

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