Genomics Blog

April 6, 2015 4:16 PM
Inheritance: How our Genes Change our Lives - a review
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Recently, as I was browsing the science section of my local bookstore, I spotted a very new release by Sharon Moalem. I was well aware of this author as I had previously reviewed his excellent book Survival of the Sickest. I like his style. He starts with case studies from his practice and then works through the algorithms of his thought processes as he solves medical mysteries. Along the way he gives us a great deal of information regarding not just the specific problem, but the various other diseases that may have been considered when initially presented with the list of symptoms.

In his most recent book Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives and Our Lives Change Our Genes, Moalem takes us on a quick journey through our genome...
March 14, 2015 8:28 AM
DNA Day: an opportunity for interviewing experts
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Even before the age of the internet, some teachers encouraged top students to follow their passion areas by contacting experts to learn more than the traditional curriculum. It was one of those ‘it seemed like a good idea at the time’ pedagogical strategies. When it involved writing letters, the student numbers involved were likely small; plus, students would have gained considerable knowledge in formulating questions and perhaps getting ready for a follow-up phone call or even a visit to a local university.

What has happened now that scientists’ contact information is readily available online?
March 7, 2015 9:24 AM
Gearing up for DNA Day – Five big questions
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We are excited that DNA Day is fast approaching: Tuesday, April 21, 2015. To help you prepare for the big day, we’ve asked five big questions. We were inspired in this by the way educators ask the big questions when planning to present a complex topic to students. Through this, teachers provide their students with a mental framework to improve the learning process. This year, we not only asked five big questions about DNA, we also delved through previous chat logs and our blogs to supply you with additional expert answers and great resources.
February 22, 2015 10:07 AM
In support of the scientific method
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A couple of days ago, I was casually monitoring my Twitter stream. I was following the occasional link, but in general I felt that I was wasting time and that I had better close it down and get on with something productive. Then, like a bolt of lightning, I was struck by the following tweet:

A middle school teacher says he is going to drop the scientific method from science fair. What do you think?

I had two immediate thoughts: good luck to any of his students entering the regional science fairs I’m familiar with; and I’ve written several blogs on this topic in the past. I’ll link back to one of those to make my thoughts known.

And so I did.

To be fair though, I thought I had better take a closer look at what was bothering this middle school teacher.
February 10, 2015 8:10 AM
Why do we have a DNA Day?
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DNA Day will be celebrated in Canada this year on Tuesday, April 21. It is held every year around this time to celebrate Watson and Crick’s publishing of their model of DNA. But it is more than a celebration: it is an opportunity to interact with some of Canada’s foremost genomic scientists. It is your chance to ask questions, the answers to which will help you better understand modern genomics.