While the Jackson Laboratory has received much attention recently for work in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Bar Harbor-based biomedical research institution has just been awarded nearly a half million dollars for investigations in another field — aging.

The National Institute on Aging has awarded the lab a $492,639 grant to support research on clonal hematopoiesis, a common blood condition among older adults that increases their risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

JAX associate professor Jennifer Trowbridge and her team will conduct the research, according to a news release Friday.

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine, said in a joint statement: “The scientists at the Jackson Laboratory are conducting impressive research and making great strides to conquer diseases that affect nearly every American family. Read more