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.”
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.
Deborah Blum, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author, will give a talk entitled, “In the Poisoner’s Cupboard: A history of arsenic in human health (and homicide)” at the MDI Biological Laboratory on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
The BioTrails project at the MDI Biological Laboratory is offering an opportunity for local residents and visitors to participate in scientific research and kayak on Frenchman Bay.
Jane Disney, Ph.D., and Charles Wray, Ph.D., scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory, will address the question “Is there a sustainable future for Frenchman Bay?” at the first of the winter series of science cafés sponsored by the MDI Biological Laboratory.
Scientists at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory are trying to find out if an invasive species of green crabs is behind the recent loss of eelgrass in Frenchman Bay. They are also asking for the public’s help in finding out where eelgrass is still growing along the coast of the Gulf of Maine.
Karen James, Ph.D., a scientist at the MDI Biological Laboratory who leads the “BioTrails” project linking citizen scientists with new genetic tools, will lead the first of the summer MDI Science Cafés in Northeast Harbor. “Code of the Wild: DNA Barcoding for Research and Conservation” will be held at the Asticou Inn on Monday, June 17 at 5 p.m.