Genomics Blog

June 20, 2016 1:12 PM
The Trillion Things Living Inside You
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This is a guest post by Megan Ray Nichols, editor of Schooled By Science. She is a science writer who enjoys discussing the latest discoveries in biology, astronomy and psychology. She also enjoys learning about the latest innovations in technology. When she isn't writing, Megan enjoys hiking, biking and stargazing. You can follow Megan on twitter @nicholsrmegan or subscribe to her blog here.

You may not be aware that you have an entire ecosystem living inside you. This bacterial ecosystem is responsible for breaking down our food and converting it into nutrients. Scientists are interested in learning the hows and whys behind these microscopic creatures to better understand human health.
June 13, 2016 2:23 PM
A visit to Micropia - a new museum of the invisible in Amsterdam
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If I were to ask you where in the world you would expect to find a museum dedicated to microorganisms, you would probably guess Holland since that is the country of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. He is known to most every school student as the Dutch lens grinder who discovered what he called animalcules, and is considered the ‘father of microbiology’ in introductory biology texts.

Arriving at Schiphol airport, I made my way to the baggage hall and there on the wall was a massive advertising poster beckoning me to visit the new museum showing the invisible, Micropia. As I awaited my luggage, I quickly connected to the WiFi and visited their website. “That’s where I’m going to spend my day in Amsterdam” I declared.
June 9, 2016 11:39 AM
WATCH: 360 Tour of University of Alberta's MBSU Lab
We're trying something new in this blog post that we hope will be the first of many. Arranging a full lab tour for the public isn't an easy thing to manage with limited time and resources on our part to co-ordinate things and on the part of the lab which has to make special arrangements. However with the help of some new technology we can bring the tour to you - in a 360 degree video.
June 9, 2016 9:15 AM
LISTEN: Newfoundland and Labrador get ready to give up their genomes for precision medicine project
There is a new 100K Genome Project on the block. This one is in Newfoundland & Labrador. Sequence Bio is leading the large-scale initiative to collect whole genome sequences from 100,000 volunteers over the next few years. The project will take advantage of a strong 'founder population' in the region to ensure a good data set.
June 8, 2016 9:28 PM
Lyonbiopole builds on success: A BIO Radio podcast
Lyonbiopole is an organization focused on the life science cluster in France's Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Three years ago the major focus for the organization was the fight against human and animal infectious diseases and cancers. They've been tackling that objective with a great deal of success and are expanding their horizons. They are taking an active interest in cancer, nutrition, metabolic diseases, and neuroscience, and have grown to190 member companies and 17 major research centers.
June 8, 2016 8:28 PM
Path for Precision Medicine was laid out 11 years ago - A BIO Radio Podcast
Sometimes you hunt around for a good interview and sometimes one just presents itself. The latter was the case with this interview.
I had just finished the Women in Bio discussion when a woman asked about the odd looking piece of tech sitting on the table (it was my Blue Snowball microphone). We talked a bit and I realised that there was an interview standing there waiting to happen.
June 8, 2016 3:25 PM
LISTEN: Getting Women Ready for Biotech Boards
Women are significantly under-represented around the Boardroom tables in biotech companies. More than 50% of biotech companies in the U.S. and Europe have all male Boards and makeup less that 25% of the leadership teams. Both a lack of structure in the recruitment and promotion practises and an element of unconscious bias are 2 of the reasons this is happening. The Women in Bio organization has some ideas to change that.
June 8, 2016 11:58 AM
BioGENEius Winners Never Cease to Amaze: A BIO Radio podcast
The BioGENEius Challenge gives high school student an opportunity to compete in three categories: Global Healthcare Challenge (Medical Biotechnology), the Global Sustainability Challenge (Agricultural Biotechnology), or the Global Environment Challenge (Industrial/Environmental Biotechnology). This is more than a Science Fair on steroids. The students work in university labs with mentors and researchers to develop the projects then work their way through regional competitions to end up at the annual BIO Convention and Conference for the final judging.
June 8, 2016 8:32 AM
LISTEN: 30 Years of Biotech takes the stage at BIO 2016
Chernobyl. Challenger. Two tragedies of 1986. On the more upbeat side a new Hepatitis vaccine entered the health care system and for $1,500 or so you could pick up the latest Tandy 'portable' computer.
Meanwhile the biotech industry was making some important new advances and we were getting some indications of what might be possible.
One of the panels at BIO this year was a look at what has transpired over 30 years of biotechnology and of course where it is headed next.
June 7, 2016 12:49 PM
Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson talks about his Healthy City
In late April of this year Edmonton's Mayor Don Iveson gave a 'State of the City' address to a Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Part of the speech was devoted to health related companies, products, and innovations that were developed in his city. He also talked about how some of those companies left Canada and said he didn't want to see that happening.
He announced the launch of a new industry strategy to help position Edmonton as a health innovation city. A tall order for a municipality.
June 6, 2016 9:23 PM
Government Relations in a Changing Political Reality: Podcast
Jeffrey Taylor is a veteran government relations expert with U.S. Government Relations International in Washington DC. He's also well connected with the biotech sector and knows how the political process works - a key to getting things done as a government relations consultant.
Last year during BIO Donald Trump announced he would be running for President of the United States and not many people took that too seriously. Now we are back at BIO - this time in San Francisco - and my how the political landscape has changed. I talked to Jeffrey  on the eve of the California Primary about how things have changed in the last 12 months.
May 26, 2016 10:58 AM
Alberta and Ontario Work Together to Fight Climate Change
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News Release - May 2016, 2016 - Today, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne met in Edmonton to discuss new opportunities to partner on energy and climate change initiatives.
The Premiers announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Alberta’s Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

May 20, 2016 7:02 AM
Canada's Top Young Scientists announced at the Canada-Wide Science Festival
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MONTREAL, May 19, 2016- The winners of the Canada-Wide Science Festival have been announced — with nearly $1 million in cash awards and scholarships having been awarded to the country's young scientists.

"Following days of presentations from 485 finalists hailing from 104 regional science fairs nationwide, we are proud to celebrate the impressive projects showcasing the hard work of Canada's top science, engineering, technology and math students," said Brad McCabe, executive director of Youth Science Canada, of which the Canada-Wide Science Festival is a program.

The 55th edition of the festival showcased youth from Grades 7 to 12, along with students from CEGEP in front of over 10,000 visitors at Montreal's McGill University. In partnership with The Educational Alliance for Science and Technology (EAST), the local host committee in Montreal, a festival highlight was astronaut Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space, addressing  participants as the keynote speaker.