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Funding Helps Expand Arsenic Awareness Program

Groundwater contaminated with naturally occurring arsenic is one of the most pressing public health issues in Maine and New Hampshire. Since 2016, associate professor of environmental health, Jane Disney, Ph.D., has focused on understanding how much arsenic is in our environment by engaging students as citizen scientists in collecting well water for arsenic analysis. This…

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Take a Closer Look: Microscopy at MDIBL

Over the last few years, the MDI Biological Laboratory has heavily invested in the LMF, primarily with the with support of the Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) grant. INBRE, which aims to build research capacity in states that have historically received lower levels of funding,  is a collaborative network of Maine educational…

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MDI Biological Laboratory Gets Children Involved Through Citizen Science

  So far, schools in the program have collected 1,200 samples and 15% of them have had higher than recommended levels of arsenic (the Environmental Protection Agency’s safety level is 10 parts per billion).  “All About Arsenic” aims to build scientific literacy and interest, and to show school-aged children that as citizen scientists they can…

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How the Loathsome Fruit Fly Is Contributing to Important Wound Healing Research

This guest post is by Diane Atwood whose popular blog, “Catching Health with Diane Atwood,” is carried by the Bangor Daily News and other media outlets. Read other “Catching Health” posts.  

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Sea Urchin Regeneration May Help Us Understand Aging

This guest post from “Biomedical Beat,” the blog of the National Institute for General Medical Sciences, describes research by a team led by Andrea Bodnar, Ph.D., of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and including James A. Coffman, Ph.D., of the MDI Biological Laboratory on the fountain-of-youth characteristics of sea urchins and what they can tell us about human aging.

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Zebrafish May Hold the Answer to Why Early-Life Stress Can Make You Sick When You’re an Adult

In her “Catching Health” blog, freelance health and wellness writer Diane Atwood discusses research by MDI Biological Laboratory scientist James A. Coffman, Ph.D., on how exposure to stress early in life can lead to adult disease.

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Cool Videos: Regenerating Nerve Fibers

If you enjoy action movies, you can probably think of a superhero—maybe Wolverine?—who can lose a limb in battle, yet grow it right back and keep on going. But could regenerating a lost limb ever happen in real life? In this guest post, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, discusses the how scientists including Sandra Rieger, Ph.D., of the MDI Biological Laboratory are striving to understand how other organisms do this.

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