Genomics Blog
Posted on: March 5, 2015 2:01 PM
What's the Buzz in Bee Biology? Eminent Bee Researcher Explains the Role of Genomics in Bee Health
Media Release, March 4, 2015. Since 2006, North America has lost nearly one third of its honeybee population due to infectious diseases and climate change. As honeybees are one of the most important pollinators in Canadian agriculture, countless...
Posted on: March 4, 2015 1:42 PM
What 23andMe looks like
I have a tendency to be an early adopter of technology. Most of it I like to think, is useful and genetic testing is one of those technologies that requires knowledge, trust, and a dash of hope to adopt early on. 23andMe was founded in 2006 by Linda...
Posted on: February 28, 2015 5:37 PM
“Personalized medicine” renamed “precision medicine”
Most people around the world were happy about U.S. President Obama’s announcement of his Precision Medicine Initiative. But more than a few were also a wee bit confused. Precision Medicine, what the heck is that? It’s a new term for the...
Livestock Blog
Posted on: February 9, 2015 11:38 AM
Unique collaboration will combat deadly disease found in pigs
The PED virus kills young piglets at an astonishing rate with a near 100% mortality rate in suckling pigs. A Canadian effort has been launched to understand and stop the disease to protect the young...
Posted on: February 28, 2015 4:43 PM
Climate change brings new infectious diseases to farms, new urgency in breeding resistance
Several reports from researchers around the globe predict the emergence and spread of infectious diseases as the result of climate change. Some of these diseases are new; others are not but they’re showing up in new places creating a new threat...
Posted on: February 23, 2015 6:22 PM
Tidbits of BSE Research: Is There a Blood Test for That?
With the latest case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) garnering all kinds of media attention, I thought it might be interesting to turn our attention to some promising research into the disease. BSE is a rare, fatal, neurodegenerative disease...
Posted on: February 16, 2015 7:53 PM
Made-in-Alberta Livestock DNA Analysis
At the end of last week’s post, I briefly mentioned a Canadian DNA lab specializing in livestock. When it was launched in 2011, Delta Genomics was a spin-off of the University of Alberta’s Livestock Gentec Program. Its start was largely...
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