The Jackson Laboratory, Calico Collaborate
News Apr 28, 2016
Under the agreement, JAX and Calico will jointly develop and Calico will fund research projects that utilize the unique resources and expertise of JAX to study the genetics of health and longevity. These studies may identify genes that associate with healthy aging. Calico has the option to obtain exclusive rights to discoveries made in these collaborative projects.
“Aging is the most fundamental unsolved problem in biology, with tremendous implications for the health and well being of humans,” Gary Churchill, Professor and Karl Gunnar Johansson Chair, said. “In partnership with Calico, we are bringing a genetic approach to discovering the mechanisms of aging, with the goal of identifying interventions that can increase maximal life span and improve health in late life.”
Jackson Laboratory President and CEO Edison Liu, M.D., noted, “Aging is a key factor in most deadly diseases, including cancer, heart disease, kidney disease and Alzheimer’s. A better understanding of the basic biology of aging will contribute to research in many fields. Calico is a premier organization dedicated to understanding the aging process. We are most excited about this collaboration.”
“The Jackson Laboratory is the world’s premier institution for conducting sophisticated mouse genetic studies and therefore the ideal collaborator for the advanced studies we have designed together,” commented David Botstein, Chief Scientific Officer of Calico and member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. “We are excited about the prospects for learning about mouse healthspan and lifespan in models potentially applicable to human aging.”
Adipocyte Development Spurred by Fracking Chemicals and WastewaterNews
New study demonstrates the effect of wastewater contaminants on adipocyte development and lipid accumulationREAD MORE
Discovery Advances Efforts to Prevent Spread of CancerNews
Newly identified gene targets could be key to preventing the spread of cancer, new University of Alberta research has shown.
Understanding of Platelet Production Challenged By State of the Art ImagingNews
Correlative light-electron microscopy is being used to increase our knowledge of how platelets are made in the body and the results are challenging previously held understandings.READ MORE