Genomics Blog

November 6, 2014 5:58 AM
The Return of the Debate: Are or Should Human Genes be Patentable?
This is a guest post from Palmira Granados Moreno, a D.C.L. Candidate Faculty of Law, McGill University and a Research Assistant at the Centre of Genomics and Policy.

ATCG courtest of the NIHEver since Myriad’s famous patents on the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes and its assertive patent-oriented business strategies around the world, the matter of whether gene patents are or should be legal has been profusely discussed. This discussion has in fact brought about the publication of a number of peer reviewed articles and reports1,  the development of policies and guidelines2,  the public awareness as part of the Angelina effect, and even recently, the courts involvement and pronouncement in the U.S., Australia, and now Canada.  

This week, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) started a legal process to challenge the legality of human gene patents before the Federal Court in Canada.
December 11, 2014 1:22 PM
Gerry's Gene Scene 20 – Science Communication from Greeks to Tweets.
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Science Borealis is having a science blogging carnival this month and that got me thinking. Recently, I saw a show about how Archimedes communicated a discovery by running through the streets shouting Eureka. In this video I ask how would he do it today.

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December 4, 2014 9:35 AM
Researchers Discover Natural Resistance Gene Against Spruce Budworm
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Media Release, November 21, 2014. Scientists from Université Laval, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Oxford have discovered a natural resistance gene against spruce budworm in the white spruce. The breakthrough, reported in The Plant Journal, paves the way to identifying and selecting naturally resistant trees to replant forests devastated by the destructive pest.
December 2, 2014 9:31 AM
Seeking Science in Turkey - Part 4
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Genomics may be the modern equivalent of a time machine. We already learned through the genomic studies undertaken by Svante Pääbo that humans and Neanderthals did actually meet and mix briefly about 30,000 years ago. Can genomics help us visualize ecosystems of the past?

December 1, 2014 9:15 AM
Fighting Malnutrition with a Stronger Chickpea
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Media Release, December 1, 2014. A new study published in Genome shows potential for biofortification of one of the world’s most important pulse crops.

Micronutrient malnutrition affects more than 2 billion people. Researchers working at the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan are seeking long term solutions to help to alleviate the increasing micronutrient malnutrition problem by enriching food grains with essential micronutrients through breeding and appropriate management practices, collectively known as biofortification. 
November 21, 2014 9:50 AM
Disappearing Copper - Genomics Could Solve a Mystery Happening Downstream
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Media Release, November 19, 2014. The licence to operate a mine has become more and more onerous, with mine development companies having to seriously consider the safety of the surrounding community and environment before putting a shovel in the ground. When complex geology and potential metal leaching is involved it can make this process even harder.