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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SynBio is booming at Western University

June 19, 2018

Synthetic biology is an exciting discipline that sits at the crux of the intersection between design, biology, computing and manufacturing. This emerging field applies the “Design-Build-Test” principles of engineering to biology and leverages all that has been discovered through genomic studies and DNA sequencing. Recently, Western University announced that it will be starting degree programs…

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TCAG: The genomics powerhouse with a friendly face

June 18, 2018

Founded in 1998 by Canadian genomics pioneers Drs. Lap-Chee Tsui and Stephen Scherer, The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG) provides world-leading infrastructure, technical expertise, and experimental and informatics support for innovative research in genomics. TCAG is located on a full floor of the Research Institute of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), in the Peter…

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New BGI sequencer coming to Toronto

May 23, 2018

BGI recently announced two North America partnerships, including one in Toronto that includes the first installation in North America of the BGISEQ-500. Hosting this new sequencer will be the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (LTRI), as part of a Genome Canada-funded project between BGI and the LTRI to develop a diagnostic test for preterm birth.

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Genetic Non-Discrimination Act challenged

May 22, 2018

The province of Quebec is challenging the recent federal Genetic Non-Discrimination Act as unconstitutional, claiming it infringes on the provincial jurisdiction of insurance industry regulation. Yvonne Bombard, at St. Michael’s Hospital, and Bev Heim-Myers, CEO of the Huntington Society of Canada, are pushing back.

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Genomics strategy for Ontario’s Ag/Agri-Food sector

May 18, 2018

Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food sector is strong and growing. However, the demands and challenges the sector is faced with are also growing. In the context of enhancing a socially and environmentally responsible industry, genomics-based innovations and technologies provide significant opportunities to advance Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food sector.

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Genomics goes primetime at the CIM Mining Convention

May 16, 2018

The CIM (Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum) convention held in Vancouver May 6-9, 2018 brought together over 5000 participants from the mining industry, with technical presentations across various themes such as rock mechanics, underground mining, and safety among several others. Over the past few years, CIM has included genomics work related to mining in its…

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