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.
June 23, 2015 2:11 PM
Hacking Medicine at BIO 2015
If you wanted to see one of the most energetic presentations at BIO 2015 in Philadelphia you needed to attend the Idea Design Studio Hacking Medicine session put on by MIT. Ned McCague (pictured below) led things off and continued to use his high energy style to keep the attendees not only engaged, but also to help get them actively involved and do some work.
The team of presenters and facilitators posed the idea that anyone can improve the healthcare system because everyone has been a patient. Their view is that by bringing together clinicians, designers, researchers, administrators, and patients for a 48 hour session you can break challenges down to manageable pieces and solve healthcare problems.
June 23, 2015 12:38 PM
Rare disease research advances, antibiotic research continues to slide
Patent filings can be an indicator of what lies ahead for the pharmaceutical industry and by extension, what drugs will be available for healthcare systems around the world. Patent information suggests that drugs for treating rare diseases are getting intense research attention, and development of new antibiotics to treat widespread conditions is still in the midst of a "lost decade". The development of new classes of antibiotics is so low that a new U.K. report says the crisis in antibiotic resistance "has the potential to be catastrophic for human healthcare".
The 2015 Marks & Clerk Life Science Report was released at BIO in Philadelphia last week and it found that less than five per cent of patents filed for antibiotic research since 2004 are for new classes of drugs.
June 22, 2015 7:26 AM
Digital Literacy: Skills for the Internet
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I found it somewhat ironic when I read a National Post article titled “Rare flesh-eating bacteria invades Florida beaches and kills two people. Swimming puts you at risk”. Since this headline came just a day after headlines revealing that two teenage swimmers lost limbs to sharks in waters off the eastern coast of the United States, I tweeted “Not just sharks, rare flesh-eating bacteria kill two Florida swimmers” with a link to the article. Within about 3 minutes I had a reply to the tweet from the Florida Health Department telling me that “#VibrioVulnificus is not a flesh-eating bacteria. For accurate information, please visit:” and they linked to their website.
June 18, 2015 7:55 PM
Young Canadian scientists compete with the best at BIO
Two Canadian students made it to the final stage of the International BioGENEius Challenge at the annual BIO Conference in Philadelphia. One of them walked away with a top prize and the other proved he belongs with some of the brightest young science minds from Canada, the U.S., and Germany. The Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge brings exceptional high school students together with University mentors to pursue applied research projects.
Ontario's Aditya Mohan and Austin Wang from B.C had to win their regional competitions first, and then last month emerged as the top 2 two National winners and earned the trip to BIO.
June 18, 2015 5:45 PM
BioGENEius winner is a role model for young women in science
Anvita Gupta, a 12th grade student from Scottsdale, Arizona received top prize for the Sanofi BioGENEius Global Healthcare Challenge and Han Jie Wang  a grade 11 Vancouver, BC student took top honour in the Global Environment Challenge this week in Philadelphia. The poster presentation and pitch to the judges on Tuesday was the final step in a process that Canadian, U.S., and German high school students go through to claim international recognition and the cash prize that comes with it.