Genomics Blog

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.
Applications must be received on or before July 29th, 2015.
July 30, 2015 3:06 PM
Government of Canada Invests in New Western Canadian Microbiome Centre
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Media Release, July 30, 2015. The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, today announced a $9.9 million investment towards the establishment of Canada’s first Western Canadian Microbiome Centre at the University of Calgary. 

July 19, 2015 10:38 AM
What if? – a review
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What if there was a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language? What if millions of people visited this website each week? What if the dedicated fans asked the comic creator the strangest questions and he applied his skills as a former NASA roboticist to deeply research the answers? And what if a book was created from the most popular answers with new material added for good measure?

What if the book were here already? Well, it is! We have the very popular science book What if? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe based on questions submitted to his website. We can read it cover to cover or we can look at one question at a time and we can do that in a random order.
July 12, 2015 1:37 PM
Gerry’s Gene Scene 21 – recent developments in colorectal cancer
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Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in Canada, and, after lung cancer, is the second most common cause of cancer-related death. I found some recent genomics news particularly interesting as it revealed significant developments in colon cancer research.

Links to related articles of interest bookmarked on diigo.
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July 10, 2015 9:47 AM
LISTEN: Wylie Burke on genomics, precision medicine, and healthcare policy
Genomics is not simple. And no, we're not suggesting that is just a problem for Barbie. Understanding the science, the clinical application, and the societal implication of the new science of genomics is indeed hard. Human genetics is a key part of the hope and promise of personalized medicine but it remains a work in progress that has not lived up to the expectations society has pinned to the science.
Genome Alberta has funded a special project that focuses on how personalized (or precision) medicine can or should be incorporated into the health care system.
July 8, 2015 2:39 PM
Government of Canada Supports Innovation in Life Sciences Sector
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Media release, July 8, 2015. Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced an investment for the University of Lethbridge in support of the establishment of the first synthetic biology maker space (Synbridge) in Alberta. The Synbridge maker space initiative will enhance research capabilities, boost services available for industry partners, increase training capacity for Highly Qualified Personnel, and enable students to explore commercial applications of their research ideas.