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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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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