Genomics Blog

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 it - scientists and researchers are being cautioned to take it to heart.
May 19, 2015 10:49 AM
CRISPR brings a multi-purpose tool into the genetics toolbox - Part I
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One of the hottest new technologies in genomics has been around for a few years but is only now finding a place in applied science because it can be used to 'edit' a specific sequence. For instance in the past you could change the hair colour of a mouse in the lab, but it was a cumbersome genetic 'knockout' process. Now CRISPR can be used to change the hair colour relatively easily and make it a permanent part of future mouse generations.
May 18, 2015 8:31 AM
Brilliant Blunders - a review
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Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of the Universe, by Mario Livio.

Several times as I was reading this book I was in a public area and, surprisingly, I had several individuals ask me what it was about. Perhaps the title and book cover intrigued them as much as me. It was easy to tell them because the author laid out his plan in the initial chapter.
May 15, 2015 11:48 AM
Ken Knox appointed as Chair of the Science, Technology, and Innovation Council
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Media Release, Ottawa, May 12, 2015 -
The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, along with the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced the appointment of Ken Knox as Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC).
Ken Knox is a former Ontario Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Deputy Minister of Energy, Science and Technology. He has extensive experience leading Canadian science, technology and innovation organizations including the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, Ontario Genomics Institute and the Innovation Institute of Ontario.
Mr. Knox has extensive board experience, providing strategic advice to a large number of federal and provincial scientific agencies and organizations including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the Ontario Science and Innovation Council, the Ontario Bio Council, the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, and the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.
May 12, 2015 2:15 PM
You are Invited: Applied Genomics in Energy Workshop
Genome Canada is launching a national research funding initiative called ‘The 2015 Large Scale Applied Research Program: Natural Resources and the Environment: Sector Challenges – Genomic Solutions’ (2015 LSARP). The funding will be aimed at research and development projects that will develop genomics solutions for issues facing the oil and gas industry.
Examples of potential projects areas include microbial influenced corrosion, tailings remediation, and extraction processes. On June  23rd there will be a national workshop in Calgary to bring together key end users and partners for potential research projects; inform participants about opportunities for collaboration; and solicit interest in the 2015 LSARP initiative.
May 11, 2015 7:37 AM
MOOCs - lifelong learning made easy
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English is a fascinating language. Bill Bryson in his book The Mother Tongue explains that English favours crisp truncations with many words coming from acronyms. Many of us have probably only known the word laser without knowing its etymology. Laser began as the acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Another word, MOOC, introduced as an acronym for massive open online course in 2008 describes a model for delivering online content to any person who wishes access to learning. The New York Times named 2012 the year of the MOOC. MOOCs are a new and cool way to add some structure to lifelong learning. The price is right, free in many cases, you pay only if you wish to have a certificate or gain credits towards a degree. This is my experience with a MOOC.