Seemingly hidden on an island off the coast of Maine, one of the world’s premier genetic research facilities continues to research the complex mysteries of disease. The Jackson Laboratory has been home to complex research for decades, bringing Maine into the spotlight of medical research and progress.
Founded by Clarence Cook Little, the summer laboratory offered a temperate climate for both researchers and their mouse subjects.
Through an agreement with George Bucknam Dorr, one of the founding fathers of Acadia National Park, Little acquired land to build a permanent laboratory, officially founded in 1929. The young institution enjoyed several seasons of successful research before the wild flames of the Great Bar Harbor fire destroyed the building, the research and the invaluable mouse models.
In the wake of the destruction, genetics research facilities from around the world sent new models to help rebuild the mouse population and begin work anew.
By the 1960s, Jackson Lab began hosting revolutionary educational summer programs to share research techniques and breakthroughs, and after surviving a second fire in 1989, remains central to genetic research today.