Genomics Blog

September 7, 2015 7:51 AM
The ethics of studying cats and other critters
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Alice Potter and Daniel Simon Mills recently published the research paper Domestic Cats (Felis silvestris catus) Do Not Show Signs of Secure Attachment to Their Owners in the online open access journal PLoS ONE. The paper created considerable media interest and social media buzz. I barely got by the Introduction and into the Methods section when I thought …’Hey wait a minute! Isn’t this what I have been talking about in the past?’ No I wasn’t thinking about a cats, I was thinking about spelling out ethical procedures.
September 1, 2015 7:51 PM
Praising project-based learning
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I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to find that an editorial in an Alberta newspaper supported project based learning. It was in The Bow Valley Crag and Canyon that the editorial The State of School indicated “by utilizing project-based, hands on teaching with the support of technology and local experts, the modern pedagogical practices used by CRPS [Canadian Rockies Public Schools] have proven to be an effective method for teaching as students have become highly engaged in their learning experiences.
August 19, 2015 9:12 AM
Gut Microbiome and Backyard Chickens
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I was talking to someone recently about backyard chickens. The topic came up because there was a newspaper article about an increased chance of exposure to Salmonella from handling chickens. It reminded me that early in my teaching career, a fairly large turtle was donated to me for my classroom. My plan to use this turtle to stimulate student interest came to a quick halt when one of my administrators told me that I couldn’t keep the animal in the classroom as it was a source of Salmonella. It also reminded me that at one time the Alberta Science curriculum had a significant unit on ‘Micro-organisms and Food’. Salmonellosis was a topic of much discussion along with staphylococcal food poisoning, giardiasis and shigellosis.
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.

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