Scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory, in collaboration with scientists from the Buck Institute forResearch on Aging in Novato, Calif., and Nanjing University in China, have identified synergistic cellular pathways for longevity that amplify lifespan fivefold in C. elegans, a nematode worm used as a model in aging research.
Members of the MDI Biological Laboratory faculty and staff are quoted in this Ellsworth American article on a public meeting about an aquaculture lease in Frenchman Bay.
The MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor added Janis Coates to its board of trustees. Coates is executive director of Island Readers & Writers in Southwest Harbor.
A few simple genetic changes is all it takes to prolong a worm’s life span by 500 percent, a new study has found.
Scientists have identified synergistic cellular pathways for longevity that amplify lifespan fivefold in C. elegans, a nematode worm used as a model in aging research. The increase in lifespan would be the equivalent of a human living for 400 or 500 years, according to one of the scientists.
The study of therapies and interventions to expand healthy human lifespan has been limited by a lack of animal models: traditional vertebrate models such as the mouse live too long to get rapid results, while the most popular model, a roundworm called C.elegans that lives for only three weeks, is rungs away from humans on the evolutionary ladder.
Thanks to a $75,000 grant from The Cotswold Foundation, the MDI Biological Laboratory will add the African turquoise killifish (Nothobranchius furzeri) to its growing roster of animal models.