Quick healing is often seen as a superpower in comic books or movies, but it does have a basis in reality. While humans don’t have the ability to regrow entire body parts in the way starfish can, children have been known to regrow fingertips, provided they’ve got part of the nail left. Early on in life, we lose this ability and our super-healing genetic switch is turned off. But now, researchers at MDI Biological Laboratory in Maine have discovered a molecule which may be able to turn it ba…
ABC7/Fox 22 interviews students and faculty in a new MDI Biological Laboratory course entitled “Bridging Disciplines: Navigating Successful 21st Century Careers in Biomedical Science.” The course, which promotes collaboration across disciplines to tackle complex problems in biomedical research, is one of the first courses to be held in the institution’s new Center for Science Entrepreneurship.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has called regenerative medicine the “vanguard of 21st century healthcare.” Regenerative medicine R&D efforts are focused largely on developing stem cell and tissue engineering therapies as a means to regenerate, replace or repair damaged tissues and organs. Despite over 15 years of extensive research, these approaches remain challenged by problems with efficacy, by their complexity and expense and by regulatory hurdles.
U.S. researchers claim to have identified a groundbreaking drug that could restore heart muscle function following a heart attack. A new study describes how MSI-1436, a naturally occurring compound, regenerates heart muscle tissue in zebrafish and mice. The animals are separated by 450 million years of evolution, raising hopes that the drug could help heal human hearts to…
Scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory and Novo Biosciences have identified a drug candidate to restore heart muscle function following a heart attack. Their research on the role of MSI-1436 in regenerating heart muscle tissue in zebrafish and mice was described in a paper in the peer-reviewed journal, npj Regenerative Medicine.
Some animals have the ability to regenerate lost limbs. For humans, regeneration has been limited to the liver and skin. Researchers at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory say the ability to re-grow other human tissue – like the heart – may be more possible than you think especially with their latest discovery.
In the summer of 1976, NASA’s unmanned probe Viking 1 made history by landing on Mars. But while many children were looking up into the cosmos that summer, 12-year-old Robert L. Morris was looking down into the marvelous ecosystems that inhabit the tide pools near Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park. His experience with that intertidal life on Mount Desert Island played a large role in inspiring him to become a scientist. But perhaps more influential than tide pools was his experience at th…
ABC7/Fox 22 interviews MDI Biological Laboratory scientist Voot P. Yin, Ph.D., about MSI-1436, a drug candidate that has been shown to stimulate the regeneration of heart muscle tissue in zebrafish and mice. The goal of scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory is to move the drug into clinical trails in humans as a potential treatment for the regeneration of heart muscle tissue following a heart attack.
Researchers at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor may have discovered how a drug derived from a molecule found in dogfish sharks could someday help people recover from heart attacks and heart disease.
In this “Science That Matters” segment, Dr. Bob Morris introduces University of Maine student Isaiah Mansour, a 2016 summer fellow at the MDI Biological Laboratory, where he participated in a course in science entrepreneurship. Mansour describes an aquaculture startup he is exploring with the assistance of mentors at the MDI Biological Laboratory. One of the institution’s missions is to nurture emerging life science and technology companies.