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January 2, 2018

Volume 33 Issue 1


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It is that time of year when we can’t seem to open a newspaper, magazine, or our web browser without seeing some sort of list of the top of - whatever – stories, people, or places. As we do every year at this time we have picked some of the best of those best-of lists so you can get through them quickly.

We’ll be back to our regular newsletter format in a couple of weeks.

Happy New Year from everyone at Genome Alberta!

Top door of 2017

Every year Genome Alberta, Cybera, and Alberta WaterSmart (the not-for-profit organizations here in the building at 3512-33rd ST NW in Calgary) have a competition for the best decorated office door at Christmas. For the second year running Genome Alberta has won the prize with all entry fees donated to charity. Thanks to Harleen for maintaining our standing in the corporate cheer department!

Genome Alberta’s top blogs for 2017

Our blogger and education consultant Gerry Ward has been keeping track of all the blog posts on our site for 2017 and has put together a Prezi review of his picks for the year. Seems we have been very busy!

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The top 10 science stories of 2017

According to Scientific American, 2017 was the year for record hurricanes, data breaches, colliding neutron stars and drug epidemics.

Top picks from Genome Biology

Every year Genome Biology highlights some of its favorite articles from the past year, including those that were highly accessed, shared, liked and discussed. Unlike some of the other top-of-the-year lists, this one is right up your science alley and features a Canadian PhD doing the legwork.

Top 10 Canadian Biomass articles from 2017

It appears that biomass is getting some serious attention. China is using more of it, a Haida community is using it to heat buildings, and researchers are looking at better ways to exploit biomass. Canadian Biomass magazine has these stories and some on corporate success in the sector.

The most uplifting science stories of 2017

Popular Science refers to its selection top stories as one “that made us smile”. Gene therapy, tardigrades, cancer treatment, and a heart saving robot made the list which is accompanies by a couple of videos.

Top 5 in genetics investing news

If you are interested in the business side of genetic the Investor News Network offer its picks in new developments and key players in the commercialization game.

Gene therapy finds a place in milestone year

The Associated Press says that in 2017 gene therapy finally showed what it can really do as evidenced by some FDA approved treatments.

Six health stories to watch in 2018

Advances in gene editing, better treatment for migraines and breast cancer, and dealing with antibiotic resistance are poised to break new ground in the coming year according to the Wall Street Journal.

Trump, tasty pigs and hurricanes: The top medical stories of the year

Newsweek isn’t quite the news leader it was a decade ago but it still provides factual and reliable news. CRISPR bacon, gene editing, and of course the Trump-effect make the list of medical stories for the year.

Stem cell person of the year 2017 award winner: Michele De Luca

The Niche is a blog from Paul Knoepfler’s lab at UC Davis School of Medicine in the Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy. His team made the Stem Cell Person of the Year Award (which included a modest cash prize) based on Professor De Luca’s advocacy work and track record in stem cell and regenerative medicine science.

Canadian entrepreneurs might call 2017 the year of uncertainty

Marilyn Braun-Pollon is Vice-President, Prairie & Agri-business for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. In this round up in Canadian Meat Business she says the uncertainty is the biggest problem for Canadian companies and she doesn’t think the dust will be settling in 2018.

How science and society crossed paths in 2017

Natural disasters feature prominently in the intersection between science and society with the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord getting a nod from Science News as well. When it comes to science and society crossing paths, nothing quite captures the spirit better the March for Science events held across North America in 2017.

Favourite reads of 2017 - as chosen by scientists

If you don’t visit The Guardian’s science blog network on a regular basis maybe you should make it part of your plans for 2018. Writers from the network choose books from inside and outside the world of science and came up with this list.

7 Favorite Science Books of 2017

While we are on the subject of favourite books, take a look at this list from the Brain Pickings blog. The posts are from Maria Popova who has written for Wired UK, The Atlantic, and the New York Times. She is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow and her site covers science, art, history, politics, and …. well .. you get it.

MEDICINE MATTERS: Top 30 most popular health articles of 2017

"Medicine Matters" is a feature of the Postmedia newspaper chain and it appears in print and on the website of various Postmedia outlets across the country. It is written by health reporter Pamela Fayerman, and based on the metrics from the digital side here are the most read stories of the year.

The best — and worst — education news from south of the border in 2017

Larry Ferlazzo teaches English and social studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento and he has been taking on the task of compiling this list for several years now. His take on the past year goes downhill from the appointment of Betsy De Vos as U.S. secretary of education, but some of his bright spots include a continued decrease in the high school dropout rate for ethnic students.

Story Collider’s top podcast picks

The Story Collider website says, “Whether we wear a lab coat or haven't seen a test tube since grade school, science is shaping all of our lives. And that means we all have science stories to tell”. The team behind the site takes that idea seriously and uses audio podcasts and live streamed show to tell many of those stories – and they generally do it very well. Listen to the top choices from the editors at Story Collider.

Adam Rutherford picks the best science reads of 2017

Worst reported science stories of 2017

Year end lists can’t be all about the list – the worst have to share the spotlight. When it comes to science stories, it isn’t just tabloid reporting or fringe website that get it wrong. Mainstream media make their fair share of mistakes, mix-ups, and downright mayhem. Gizmodo has this list of what its editors see as some of the bad reporting that got people’s attention in the past year.

WATCH: The top 10 weirdest science stories of 2017

There are bad stories about science, and then there are interesting stories about weird science from secret chambers in the pyramids to how facial features help us spot cinematic villains, the Australian Science Media Centre rounded a few of them up in this 2 ½ minute video.

2017: The year in climate

This isn’t a single article round-up of climate change news from 2017 but rather some of the top climate related stories from the NY Times. From interactive maps, to politics, to fake climate news – there is a little bit of everything in here for you to choose from,

2017: The year in review – science

MSN isn’t our favourite spot to track down science but they managed to come up with 5 credible science stories including one on research to edit genes in a human embryo. Prepare yourself though because it is a Fox News production that cover 5 stories in less than 2 minutes in this video.

Biggest global health moments of 2017

Devex is a media platform aimed at health and humanitarian workers around the world. It has a pro-sustainability point-of-view and features top-notch writers reporting on international humanitarian issues and challenges. Its website is worth visiting regularly to find information about new initiatives in health, medicine, and disease prevention. The picks for top stories in 2017 include the fight against public health threats, gender equality in global health, funding for health and medicine in countries that need it the most.

17 good things that happened in 2017

Natural and political disasters seemed to dominate the news pages over the last 12 months but there was still some good news out there. The Washington Post has a few from the geopolitical news headlines.

There you have it. Some of the top picks of the top picks for 2017.

As we say goodbye to the year gone, let’s all make 2018 a year to remember!

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