MDIBLMount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
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INBRE is a cooperative network comprising 13 Maine research institutions, universities and colleges led by the MDIBL.
Ben King, a bioinformatician at MDIBL said, "We identified 77 new microRNA families, and four of these turned out to also be expressed in the painted turtle.
As with Summers of Discovery, students at MDIBL attend seminars given by scientists who speak about their specific areas of research.
For high school students, the greatest benefit is that it opens a window to biomedical research that they may not get in school," says Michael McKernan, director of education at MDIBL.
Wilson suggested this initiative could be expanded to include the type of genomic studies being carried out on marine animals at laboratories such as the MDIBL (Table 1).
The increasing volume of work being conducted on marine species and the increasing importance of comparative genomics have prompted the MDIBL and its NIEHS-supported Marine and Freshwater Biomedical Science Centers to begin development of the Comparative Toxicogenomics Database (CTD).