New applied genomics projects to spur innovative technologies and job creation in agri-food, health and the environment

August 16, 2018

August 16, 2018, Lincoln, Ontario – The application of genomics-based research and development is strengthening Ontario’s economy. It is leading to much needed advancements in farming practices, health care, and environmental stewardship. Bringing together academic researchers with companies to accelerate technology development lays the foundation for increased competitiveness, economic growth and job creation. Today, the…

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Cracking the code

August 7, 2018

As published on the July/August 2018 Water Canada Magazine By Britney Hess Ontario unlocks genomic information to propel the circular economy. Understanding the genomics of our biological planet is key to addressing the grand challenges facing our world today, from climate change and global population growth to increasing food and energy demands, health issues, and protection of our natural resources. Every…

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Gene editing tool CRISPR back in the bad books?

July 25, 2018

Recently a research paper in the prestigious journal Nature was retracted; it had raised concerns that the CRISPR-based gene editing technique may cause widespread genetic damage but the authors faced criticism over the use of experimental controls. A new paper just release has raised new doubts, at least about the use of CRISPR to do gene editing inside people’s bodies. The new research found large deletions in about a fifth of the CRISPR-exposed cells. This problem may be circumvented by newer variations in the CRISPR technique, but caution appears warranted in proceeding to therapeutic use.

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The UK’s NHS to offer routine DNA tests

July 24, 2018

People in England will soon have access to DNA tests on an unprecedented scale when their health service becomes the first in the world to routinely offer genomic medicine. The service will first focus on cancers and rare diseases, with future tests to identify patients who may react badly to certain drugs, as well as tests that may predict onset of a disease such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and dementia. This initiative is an outcome of the UK’s 100,000 Genomes project and benefits from the expertise developed therein.

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How to show consumers the benefits of genetically modified foods

July 24, 2018

Through a Genome Canada-SSHRC funded project, Dr. David Zhang and Grant Wilson have published a paper showing that consumers’ attitudes toward GM foods, their willingness to purchase them and the price they are willing to pay could be significantly improved if GM products had a direct benefit to them personally. In other words, changing the value proposition from industry-centric to consumer-centric may help to mitigate the negatives associated with GM food.

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Science Meets Parliament – New CSPC pilot program

July 23, 2018

A cool new pilot program has just been launched by CSPC in partnership with the Chief Science Advisor. For this pilot year, the program is open to researchers who currently hold a Tier II Canada Research Chair and are affiliated with a Canadian post-secondary institution. Learn more about the CSPC Program and application criteria.

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Recruiting companies for two Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) programs

July 19, 2018

Recruiting companies for two Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) programs: If you are a health science or digital health company looking for mentoring and to expand your business in the US, you may be interested in one of the following programs run by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS): Life Sciences Program in San Francisco – for…

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The Centre for Phenogenomics (TCP) – accelerating discoveries from nose to tail

July 19, 2018

TCP is a world-class facility owned and operated by The Hospital for Sick Children and Mount Sinai Hospital. It opened in 2007 and has transformed strategic investments by the Hospitals, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and Genome Canada into a unique national resource to provide critical tools (mouse and more recently rat models) and…

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Precision Health Initiative – Rare Diseases: Clinical Implementation Projects

July 12, 2018

Genome Canada has launched a national initiative for the clinical implementation of precision health, focusing on a rare disease pilot program as a foundational step. This initiative features three main components: A national rare disease cohort is envisioned to be established through the collection and sequencing of 30,000 samples from rare disease patients and their families. A national…

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Celebrating the microbes in, on and around us!

June 26, 2018

Microbes help support all life on our planet.  Although invisible to the naked eye, our survival depends on them. Microbes are the trillions of microorganisms – bacteria, viruses, fungi, protists, archaea and algae – found in and on every living thing, such as in our gastrointestinal tract, or in a plant, or in the soil…

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