Scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory and the University of Maine have discovered that genetic material in the cell that was previously thought to be “junk” because of its apparent lack of function likely plays a part in regulating genetic circuits responsible for regeneration in highly regenerative animals. The discovery could one day lead to the development of drugs to trigger humans’ dormant pathways for regeneration.
Neuroscientist Andrea R. Tilden, Ph.D., is spending her sabbatical year from her position as the J. Warren Merrill Associate Professor of Biology at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, as a visiting scientist in comparative genomics at the MDI Biological Laboratory.
The MDI Biological Laboratory has announced that Sam Beck, Ph.D., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of computational biology. Beck, 37, will lead a research team focused on the study of progeria, or Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, a rare, fatal, genetic condition characterized by accelerated aging in children.
The MDI Biological Laboratory has announced that Joel Graber, Ph.D., will join the faculty as a senior staff scientist as of May 2. He will serve as director of the institution’s Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Core.
Scientists have long known that many diseases have a strong genetic component, but they are only recently paying more attention to the role played by the relationship between genetics and the environment. The study of how genetic function is influenced by manmade environmental stress at a population level is the subject of an MDI Biological Laboratory course entitled “Environmental Genomics.”
Scientists from around the country will gather May 1 through 6 at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, to develop universal tools to analyze unexplored data for potential solutions to some of our most pressing scientific problems. The week-long Barn Raising for Data-Intensive Discovery, the first such workshop to be held at the institution, will bring scientists together from a range of scientific disciplines.
A team of scientists that includes senior staff scientist Ben King and visiting faculty members at the MDI Biological Laboratory has identified the genes and regulatory networks that enable organisms to alter themselves physically in response to changes in their environment.