$1.45M for genomics big data research in Ontario

September 14, 2016

Parliamentary Secretary for International Development, Karina Gould, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced the funding recipients from Genome Canada’s 2015 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology competition, a partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The following eight projects were awarded to Ontario researchers – with two projects co-led with British…

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Yes, we can afford to clean up wastewater

August 31, 2016

In response to a need for a simpler, more cost-effective and environmentally responsible solution for treatment of wastewater, Ontario Genomics supported Bishop Water Technologies (BWT) to partner with Dr. Christopher Weisener and his colleague Dr.Rao Chaganti of University of Windsor. This research project also earned an NSERC Engage Plus award, based on previous success with…

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Ontario investing in pilot bio-refinery plant

August 31, 2016

The Ontario government is investing $4.5 million to help FPInnovations establish a fully functioning bio-refinery plant in Thunder Bay. The new plant will produce bio-chemicals derived from wood, resulting in renewable, biodegradable and cost-effective alternatives to petroleum-based products.

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Analog DNA circuit does math in a test tube

August 31, 2016

DNA computers could one day be programmed to diagnose and treat disease. Duke University research team created strands of synthetic DNA that, when mixed together in a test tube in the right concentrations, form an analog circuit that can add, subtract and multiply as they form and break bonds.

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Drones as “eyes” for breeding better white spruce

August 17, 2016

The field of tree genomics has seen unprecedented advances over the past decade. A suite of next generation genomic resources for improved tree breeding and selection will soon become available to breeders and forest managers, thanks to a project led by Drs. Ingo Ensminger (University of Toronto) and Nathalie Isabel, (Forest and Environmental Genomics at…

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The case for more genomics start-ups in agriculture

August 17, 2016

Looking at the evolution of genetic technology from its genesis with Mendel’s peas to population-level analysis of genomes, what we see is that each new breakthrough has first seen large-scale commercial deployment in agriculture.

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