BAR HABOR — A Maine research laboratory is expecting to get $1.6 million from the Department of Defense to try to learn why some animals are able to regenerate limbs.

The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory is planning to expand its research into why some species can regrow limbs.

Lab officials say the Department of Defense is interested in the research because of the number of service members who lose limbs during their military service.

Lab biologist Randall Dahn says species such as salamanders, skates and other species of fish can regenerate limbs.

The Bangor Daily News says members of Maine’s congressional delegation helped secure the research funding.

The lab employs about 45 people year-round.