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MDI Bio Lab Scientist Receives $2 Million NIH Grant

Award brings total new research funding in 2023 to more than $8 million

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Funding Helps Expand Arsenic Awareness Program

Long-term exposure to arsenic can lead to a host of health issues, including heart disease; cancer of the bladder, lung, liver, prostate, and skin; diabetes, and more.

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The Maine INBRE in its 22nd Year – Looking Back and Ahead

Guest post by James A. Coffman, Director, Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence

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Take a Closer Look: Microscopy at MDIBL

While scientific images are often stunning from an artistic point of view, for the scientists, the beauty of the image is most often contained in the answers it can give them. Frédéric Bonnet,Ph.D., manager of MDI Biological Laboratory’s Light Microscopy Facility (LMF) strives to make sure that users have up-to-date training to make sure they can obtain information that is beneficial to their research. 

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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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