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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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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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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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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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Data driven technology is advancing beef production in Alberta

Researchers use emerging technologies to select for superior cattle to help boost beef industry through a partnership between Alpha Phenomics and Livestock Gentec, at the University of Alberta. “We need technologies that will make differences in food safety, carbon emissions, greenhouses gases, and the quality of protein that entices people to want to use it.

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Changing colours in the fall in a mixed wood forest in Alberta.

Getting to the root of public perceptions for new technology and tools in tree breeding.

Better communication, sharing knowledge and acknowledging other viewpoints are needed to advance the use of genomic selection tools in Forestry.   Improving tree breeding programs to create resilience to changing climate conditions The use of genomic selection in the forestry industry has the potential to address issues such as climate change, drought, pests, and sustainability.

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Methane eating microbes to the rescue – tiny but mighty creatures from the Artic sea floor can help clean up oil spills and keep emissions out of the atmosphere

The GENICE Research team identified methane degrading microorganisms in Baffin Bay that could aid in oil spill response to create safer shipping and oil exploration practices.    Increased shipping traffic increases risk of oil spills Oil spills in the ocean are messy and can be catastrophic to the surrounding environment. As the climate changes, sea

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New technique uses the study of small molecules to understand maternal and fetal health

Understanding maternal health at the cellular level can help make dietary recommendations for a healthy pregnancy A pregnant woman’s diet affects not only her own maternal health but that of the developing fetus. But how can doctors know what diet to recommend that could increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby? Scientists can

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