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The Dollars and Sense of Precision Health Testing in Alberta

Rare diseases are a surprisingly common reality for Canadian families. Although each specific rare disease affects fewer than 1 in 2000 people, there are over 7000 known rare diseases. Added together, about 1 in 12 Canadians are affected by a rare disease (more than all cancers, cardiovascular disease or diagnosed diabetes), and two thirds of […]

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Precision Health: Using Genomics to Create a Customized Roadmap to your Health

Imagine receiving a custom-tailored roadmap to your health that captures the complexity of your family history, environmental factors, and entire genetic code combined. In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, precision health has emerged as a groundbreaking approach that is making this a reality. This new paradigm departs from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ model by using tools like

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Genomics Research to Reduce Emissions in Dairy Cattle Receives International Dairy Federation Award for Innovation in Climate Action

Lactanet and Semex have developed the world’s first official genetic evaluation program to assist dairy producers in selecting animals that will contribute to reduced dairy cattle methane emissions without affecting production levels. This innovation received an international award from the International Dairy Federation.   Calgary, Edmonton, Alberta – December 20, 2023 – The International Dairy Federation

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Stacking the Odds in Favour of our Forests: Using Genomics Tools Against Forest Pests

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Albertans watched nervously as their neighbours to the west battled the mountain pine beetles that were ravaging their forests. As swaths of dried out, red pine trees crept towards Alberta’s borders, forest managers and the Government of Alberta knew they had to find new and more effective ways

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New Investments in Genomics are Driving Agriculture Closer to Net-Zero

Alberta is leading the way on new solutions for carbon sequestration in rangeland grazing systems and for high-protein, low carbon footprint alternative crops for global markets.   Calgary – September 6, 2023 – Today, new investments in Alberta-led research were announced as part of the Genome Canada-led Climate-Smart Agriculture and Food Systems initiative (CSAFS), that

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The Secret to the Perfect Recipe is Understanding your Ingredients

We all have our favourite recipes, and having the right ingredients is a critical part of creating these tried and tested dishes. Swap one type of flour for another or use a different pan, and your cake may not turn out the same way. Something similar happens inside your cells: nutrients are processed according to

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New investments drive cutting-edge R&D in health in Alberta

Genome Canada announces $6M investment for enhancing early-warning systems to promote public health and $2.88M for improving the treatment of autoimmune diseases.   From insights to impact we are putting genomics to work on promoting public health. Generating better information on pathogens and other influenza-like illnesses and diseases is vital for supporting decision making by

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A race against the clock: how new tools for diagnosing bloodstream infections could save lives

Newly developed technology out of the University of Calgary is 2.5x faster at diagnosing bloodstream infections than what is currently being used in health care.   The time it takes to diagnosis a bloodstream infection can be the difference between life and death A difference in hours can be lifesaving when it comes to diagnosis

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New program, a first of its kind in Western Canada, fills a critical skills gap for data analysis

BioNet Alberta and the University of Lethbridge launch a new graduate certificate program in bioinformatics.   A growing need for bioinformatics and computational biology skills Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that brings together biology and computer science to acquire, store, retrieve, organize, analyze, and interpret biological data. With advances in science and technology and the

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