Genomics Blog
Posted on: May 28, 2015 2:47 PM
A brief history of cancer and the role of genetics
The Canadian Cancer Society in a press release this week stated that over the next 15 years we can expect a 40% increase in the number of cancer cases. They were very clear in their second paragraph that: “Tremendous progress has already been...
Posted on: May 26, 2015 10:40 AM
Genomics & Personalized Medicine - Health Policy and Barriers to Adoption
Personalized medicine or precision medicine as it is becoming better known, is the hot topic in health care right now. It is a technology or medical model that incorporates more of an individual's characteristics (mostly genetic) to tailor diagnosis...
Posted on: May 21, 2015 9:37 AM
CRISPR: Editing genes may be be editing our theology
"With great power comes great responsibility" is a quote that has been attributed to a range of people from Voltaire, to FDR to a comic book superhero. As we continue our look at CRISPR technology and gene editing, it doesn't really matter who said...
Livestock Blog
Posted on: February 9, 2015 11:38 AM
Unique collaboration will combat deadly disease found in pigs
The PED virus kills young piglets at an astonishing rate with a near 100% mortality rate in suckling pigs. A Canadian effort has been launched to understand and stop the disease to protect the young...
Posted on: May 25, 2015 9:28 AM
Genomics is taking the sting out of the bumblebee’s uncertain future
If you’ve ever followed a bumblebee in its foraging, you might conclude by its lazy, almost drunken behaviour that it hasn’t a care in the world. But it should. Bumblebee populations, along with those of many other native pollinators are...
Posted on: April 30, 2015 12:58 PM
International consortium cracks cattle genome, builds global database
Wait?! You might say. Hadn’t we already cracked the cattle genome? Yes and no. Before we had a basic outline of the genome so yes, it was cracked, but minimally so. But now, thanks to the work of an international consortium of scientists, we...
Posted on: April 30, 2015 7:05 AM
Human genome-editing debate may prove beneficial for similar advances in livestock and crops
Here is the first post from our new blogger, Lisa Willemse. Feel free to leave some comments to welcome her to the fold and read a little bit about her background. The spectre of undesirable inherited traits as a result of DNA disruption via genome...
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