Scientists have known for decades that drastically restricting certain nutrients without causing malnutrition prolongs health and lifespan in a wide range of species, but the molecular mechanisms underlying this effect have remained a mystery. In a paper recently published in the journal Aging Cell, MDI Biological Laboratory scientist Aric Rogers, Ph.D., sheds light on an important genetic pathway underlying this process, raising the possibility that therapies can be developed that can…
The MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, has announced that James Godwin, Ph.D., has joined the faculty as a research scientist. Godwin has a dual appointment at the MDI Biological Laboratory and The Jackson Laboratory, also located in Bar Harbor, where he is a research scientist.
Only a year and a half ago, Heath Fuqua was living in a truck fitted out as a camper and trying to figure out what he was going to do with the rest of his life after eight years in the army, much of it spent in the Middle East. Today, he’s on track to become a research physician specializing in the neuroscience of aging.
Scientists have long known that chronic exposure to psychosocial stress early in life can lead to an increased vulnerability later in life to diseases linked to immune dysfunction and chronic inflammation. Developmental biologist James A. Coffman, Ph.D., of the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, and his team are beginning to elucidate the mechanisms underlying this phenomenon.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has announced that it will grant a patent to MDI Biological Laboratory scientists Voot P. Yin, Ph.D., and Kevin Strange, Ph.D., and their collaborator Michael Zasloff, M.D., Ph.D., for use of the small molecule MSI-1436 to stimulate the repair and regeneration of heart tissue damaged by injuries such as a heart attack.
The MDI Biological Laboratory has announced that it has received a grant of $456,500 over two years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the study of peripheral neuropathy.
The Board of Trustees of the MDI Biological Laboratory has announced the appointment of Ned Cloonan of Greenwich, Conn., to the Board of Trustees.
Maine artist Judy Taylor will discuss how science and art have been aligned through the centuries in a talk entitled “The Science Behind the Painting/The Science Behind the Paint” at an Art Meets Science Café to be held Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, at 5 p.m. at the MDI Biological Laboratory’s Kinne Library.
Bruce A. Stanton, Ph.D., the director of the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program and a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, will deliver a presentation entitled “What’s in Your Drinking Water?” at an MDI Science Café on Aug. 22, 2016.
Many lower organisms retain the miraculous ability to regenerate form and function of almost any tissue after injury. Humans share many of our genes with these organisms, but our capacity for regeneration is limited. Scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, are studying the genetics of these organisms to find out how regenerative mechanisms might be activated in humans.