Genomics Blog

May 21, 2015 9:37 AM
CRISPR: Editing genes may be be editing our theology
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"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.
July 6, 2015 10:58 AM
Applied Genomics in Energy workshop presentations available
In preparation for the 2015 Genome Canada LSARP competition, we recently held a workshop on Applied genomics in energy. The workshop, organized by Genome Alberta, Genome BC and the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC), brought together key end users and partners for potential research projects, showcased opportunities for collaboration, and solicited interest in the 2015 LSARP initiative. There were presentations by Cindy Bell, Executive Vice-President of Genome Canada, and Andrew Stephens, former Energy Executive and currently Genome Alberta Board Chair. The keynote presentation was by Dan Wicklum, CEO of COSIA, who talked about collaboration and innovation in the oil sands.
July 3, 2015 10:55 AM
Speeding up clinical development with better data
BIO2015 podcast with Mats Olsen from Prevail InfoworksThere is no question that in the 21st century data rules in the field of medicine, healthcare, and research. Apart from mistakes and dead-end roads when the data is wrong, companies and researchers need data quickly to get funding, to get drugs approvals, and to get regulatory or financial paperwork done efficiently. Managing that process is a specialty and there are many 3rd party tools and companies with the sole purpose of data management and integration.
It may not have the flair of working in the lab but just try and get things done without it. Mats Olsen knows all about getting the job done. He is SVP, Business Operations with Prevail Infoworks in Philadelphia where BIO 2015 was held in late June. His company made the most of having so many current and potential customers right in their backyard and I caught up with him for a few minutes to learn more about the importance of getting the data right. Here's our conversation.
July 3, 2015 8:48 AM
A Mo-POD for field medicine
Interview with Julie Bick from FlowMetricsIn my time spent as a journalist I spent time digging for stories but was always surprised and pleased to have stories drop in unexpectedly. The same thing happens every year at BIO when I'm doing our BIORadio podcasts and this is one of those stories. Someone overheard me doing one of the live streamed interviews and after I was free suggested I find out about a field diagnostics device that could be used in remote locations or in emergency situations. It turned out to be  an interesting story that even had a Canadian connection.
Here's my interview with Julie Bick, the Chief Scientific Officer with FlowMetric Diagnostics
July 2, 2015 2:26 PM
Job Opportunity: Director for the Alberta Epigenetics Network
The Alberta Epigenetics Network is funded and managed by Genome Alberta on behalf of the Alberta Government and Alberta's 3 leading research universities in Edmonton, Calgary, and Lethbridge.The current Director of Operations for the AEN is moving on to a great opportunity in Toronto so we're looking for a new Director.
Needless to say you need to have a deep understanding of the science behind epigenetics but you also need to be a self starter who is comfortable working with Boards of Directors, government officials, academics, and industry. Raising funds for the Network and for research is an important part of the job so if you're looking for a lab job - this isn't for you.

The Genome Alberta offices are located in NW Calgary, handy to the LRT and the University, and we are a good group to work with.
Download the .doc details and contact Mitthua Banks for more information.
July 2, 2015 1:04 PM
Prof Appointed to Order of Canada
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Media release, July 2, 2015. University of Guelph integrative biology professor Paul Hebert has been named to the Order of Canada, considered the country’s highest honour of lifetime achievement. The announcement was made by Governor General David Johnston on Canada Day.

Hebert was named an officer to the Order and was honoured for his contributions as an evolutionary biologist, notably as a pioneer of DNA barcoding. He was one of 11 new officers named July 1. Other new appointees included two companions and 87 members.