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Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine with an additional facility in Sacramento, Calif., The Jackson Laboratory is considered one of the finest genetics research labs in the world.
Specifically, the non-profit, private institution focuses on mammalian genetics research to advance human health, hoping to discover a genetic basis for the prevention, treatment, and cure of a variety of human diseases, including cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, lupus, cardiovascular diseases, and HIV/AIDS.
There are more than 1,300 employees at The Jackson Laboratory, including about 200 Ph.D.s, M.D.s, and D.V.M.s. Of those on staff, 38 individuals serve as principal investigators, leading research groups in the following six major areas: cancers (including mesothelioma), computational biology and bio-informatics, developmental and reproductive biology, immunology, metabolic diseases, and neurobiology.
Investigators at Jackson use the mouse as a research tool because the mouse genome is 95 percent identical to the human genome. This allows the scientists to have an effective model of the human body readily available in order to best study human diseases through genetics research.
Through the years since its founding, Jackson Laboratory has made significant contributions to medicine and research, including discoveries that have aided in the treatment of certain types of cancers (like asbestos cancer), diabetes, atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer's disease.
In addition, the investigators at The Jackson Laboratory, along with guest scientists and clinicians, offer regular opportunities for others in the field to attend courses and conferences at the facility. Post-doctoral educational programs as well as those for exemplary college and high school students interested in genetics are available as well, both during the school year and in the summer.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
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