New projects to explore societal implications of genomics research

December 6, 2017

Five new projects are to be funded under the Genome Canada and Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joint Initiative on Societal Implications of Genomics Research. These projects explore the significant ethical, economic, environmental, legal and/or social challenges and opportunities engendered by the new wave of innovations in genomics, covering topics such as genetically modified foods and synthetic biology.

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Low Carbon Innovation Fund

December 5, 2017

Have a great genomics solution for climate change focused on mitigation of emissions? Ontario’s Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF) supports proof-of-concept, prototyping and pilot demonstration projects aiming to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. The LCIF is accepting Eligibility Assessments until Dec 10th for its Technology Validation Stream supporting proof-of-concept and prototyping.

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Can the beef industry catch up in the use of genomics?

December 2, 2017

New technologies are sexy if they meet three criteria: they open doors to new and wonderful things, they are disruptive, and they are profitable. Genomics has proven its worth in the dairy industry, helping to triple milk production. But the beef industry may not be ready to follow suit. Here’s why.

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Canada and China partnering to develop diagnostics tests for preterm birth

November 30, 2017

BGI and Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, part of Sinai Health System, awarded investment from Genome Canada and Ontario Genomics PRESS RELEASE – Shenzhen, China and Toronto, Canada, November 30, 2017 ‒ BGI and the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, part of Sinai Health System, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining their intention to…

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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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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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