Toronto Bioinformatics User Group – Nov 29, Toronto, ON

November 23, 2017

TorBUG (Toronto Bioinformatics Users Group) is an association of researchers, other professionals and students in the Greater Toronto Area who have an interest in the field of bioinformatics.
Talk: “The Bioinformatics Training Landscape”
Speaker: Jason Williams, Assistant Director, CSHL DNA Learning Centre

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Ontario Genomics invests in antibody protein sequencing company Rapid Novor

November 15, 2017

Ontario Genomics has closed an investment in Rapid Novor, a Kitchener-Waterloo based biotech company that provides rapid, accurate, de novo protein sequencing services across Canada and internationally. This was another investment from the 2017 round of the Pre-commercial Business Development Fund (PBDF), which supports commercially promising ‘omics technologies. To date, Rapid Novor has offered monoclonal…

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Ontario Genomics and University of Guelph advance dialogue on the regulation of innovation in Canada’s agri-food sector

November 15, 2017

On November 1st, Ontario Genomics in partnership with the University of Guelph hosted a panel discussion at the Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa addressing regulatory policy for agri-food technologies in an era of accelerating innovation. With Ontario Genomics finalizing its Genomics Strategy for Agriculture and Agri-Food, this discussion was particularly timely. All panelists highlighted the…

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Why precision research may lead to blockbuster, not customized, medicines

November 7, 2017

The appeal of precision medicine is the promise that we can understand disease with greater specificity and fashion treatments that are more individualized and more effective. A core tenet is that diseases such as type 2 diabetes may be a compilation of many subgroups, and that we can develop distinct treatments for each. But, at least outside of oncology, could there be an alternate tenet?

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Non-permanent RNA editing

November 6, 2017

MIT scientists have engineered a new molecular system for efficiently editing RNA in human cells. Unlike the permanent changes to the genome required for DNA editing with CRISPR/Cas9, RNA editing is a potentially reversible way to make corrections in the cell, for instance as a treatment for rare diseases.

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World’s largest autism genome databank adds more than 2,000 sequences

November 3, 2017

The Autism Speaks MSSNG team announced the upload of an additional 2,030 fully sequenced genomes to the project’s cloud-based databank – making it the world’s largest whole genome resource for autism research. The MSSNG team includes Dr. Stephen Scherer and the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Autism Speaks and Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences).

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Ontario Genomics invests in renewable chemicals

November 1, 2017

Ontario Genomics is pleased to announce its investment in Ardra Inc. via its Pre-Commercial Business Development Fund. Ardra is a specialty chemicals company focused on the production of natural ingredients for the cosmetics and flavour and fragrance industries. Their synthetic biology platform uses designer biochemical pathways to produce a large portfolio of high-value products. Ardra’s development pipeline…

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New test for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations could reduce pre-emptive mastectomies

October 25, 2017

A genetic test that more accurately predicts the risk of developing breast cancer could soon be used on high-risk groups. Researchers behind the test, available in England only at this time, say it could reduce the number of women choosing pre-emptive mastectomy surgery. The blood test looks at 18 genetic variations, or single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), known to affect the chances of getting breast cancer.

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