February 5, 2016 9:45 AM
LISTEN: Alberta's bioeconomy shines on the diversification stage
For years now, Alberta has been talking about a more diversified economy. With the province struggling to make ends meet because of lower oil prices, the general feeling is that we have not really diversified at all.
However most Albertans would be surprised at some of the sectors that are making a significant contribution to keep the economic engine ticking along.
One sector is agriculture and the other is biotechnology - and they are closely related.
February 11, 2016 3:35 PM
I saw a tweet from Hayley Todesco
, a previous Genome Alberta award winner, informing me that today is #WomenInSTEM day. Genome Alberta has recognized a significant number of young women scientists over the past ten years.
In a blog from 2007
, we recognized eventual Canada-Wide science fair winner Emily Cooley along with eight other young scientists. We provided a platform through the opportunity to submit guest blogs to our winners. Here are links to some of these:
February 4, 2016 10:21 AM
Job Opportunity: Research Program Manager
Genome Alberta has an opening for a new position as a Research Program Manager based in Edmonton and reporting to our Director of Programs.
February 4, 2016 9:50 AM
Stand Up To Cancer Canada Announces New Cancer Stem Cell Dream Team To Attack Brain Cancer in Children and Adults
News Release TORONTO—A team of top Canadian scientists, including leading pioneers of stem cell research, was named today to lead a new attack on brain cancers in children and adults, using genomic and molecular profiling technologies to focus on the cancer stem cells that drive the growth of tumours.
“Brain tumours are not as common as many other forms of cancer, but they are devastating, especially when they strike the very young,” said Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, Nobel laureate and institute professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and co-chair of the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) Canada Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). “The Dream Team will bring new insights to brain cancer research, which has been an underfunded area.”
February 3, 2016 7:23 AM
Genome BC receives support in leading heath research
Media Release: VANCOUVER - Cutting-edge health research projects at Genome BC received a big boost with $34 million in government funding, Health Minister Terry Lake announced today.
"The research undertaken by Genome BC has a real impact for British Columbians," said Premier Christy Clark. "From genome sequencing to quickly diagnose newborns with genetic disorders, to implementing genome testing to save people with lung cancer, HIV and other serious illnesses, our partnership with Genome BC has increased testing efficiency and helped save lives."
This funding will support many new and ongoing projects at Genome BC that help improve patient care in B.C. Current research includes cancer projects in hereditary and childhood cancer; pharmacogenomics research into adverse drug interactions; infectious disease projects in areas such HIV, tuberculosis, Hepatitis C, and Avian flu; and rare diseases.
February 2, 2016 10:59 AM
Burps & Bovines: Dairy Genomics Project Cuts Feed Costs, Emissions
This is the first in a series of blog posts by Geoff Geddes. He is the communications coordinator for Alberta Pork in Edmonton and also works as a freelance writer/editor for a number of industries, with a particular interest in agriculture. He will be writing about a new Genome Alberta research project looking at the use of genomics to boost disease resilience and reduce methane emissions in dairy cattle. In the coming months, we will have more details on this project and updates on its progress.
Burp less. It may sound like the world’s weirdest New Year’s resolution, but it’s really the focus of a new Genome Alberta led research project. The initiative is aimed at harnessing genomics to boost feed efficiency and reduce methane emissions in dairy cattle.