Comparative Biology: Animal Models Strut Their Stuff
Scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory use the comparative model approach to understand the basic biology of tissue regeneration and aging. Thanks to evolution and common ancestry, we humans actually share a large portion of our DNA with fish, worms, and salamanders. Humans and zebrafish, for example, share 70% of the same genes; 84% of human genes known to be associated with human disease have a zebrafish equivalent. That’s a lot of similarity.Continue Reading
New Research by Aric Rogers, Ph.D., Sheds Light on the Effects of Dietary Restriction on Muscle Tissue
Consider the following scenarios: In the first, a thin young woman who exercises excessively develops athletic amenorrhea, or stops menstruating, rendering her incapable of bearing children. In the second, a sedentary, overweight girl undergoes menarche at a precociously early age. Aric N. Rogers, Ph.D., who studies aging at the MDI Biological Laboratory, believes these scenarios...Continue Reading
Meet Our Postdocs: Dilawar Mir, Ph.D.
Dilawar Mir, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral researcher in the Rogers Lab, working the animal model C. elegans. He focuses on dietary restriction and extending lifespan in the short-lived worm.Continue Reading
Meet Our Postdocs: Hyemin Min, Ph.D.
Hyemin Min, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral researcher in the Updike Lab. She studies the role of germ granules, small particles found just outside of our reproductive cells. Although germ granules were discovered more than 100 years ago, their composition, structure, assembly and function are not well understood.Continue Reading