Is extinction really forever?

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By Robert Gooding-Townsend, Science in Society co-editor Can biotechnology bring back extinct species? If it can, should it? In her new book Rise of the Necrofauna, Britt Wray chronicles the nascent movement to bring back extinct species. She calls these resurrected creatures “necrofauna”, conjuring images of undead mammoths, passenger pigeons, and more. As compelling as the […]

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Toxoplasmosis and the zombie mouse in my backyard

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By Ainslie Butler and Lindsay Jolivet, Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Science Co-editors This summer, I made friends with a zombie mouse. One recent evening as I was sitting in my suburban Toronto backyard, a tiny mouse that often visits began behaving strangely. Instead of scurrying across the patio like usual, my mouse buddy started running […]

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A new way to think about an ancient problem: Common weed provides hope for a possible novel cancer therapy

Dandelions in bloom. Dandelion root extract may provide a novel anti-cancer treatment therapy, says Dr. Siyaram Pandey of the University of Windsor. Photo © Waferboard, CC BY 2.0

By Sunitha Chari, Biology and Life Sciences co-editor Cancer, one of the leading causes of death in modern times, is not a new disease. It has been around since ancient times, with some of the earliest evidence found in Egyptian mummies. In fact, cancer derives its name from the Greek work for tumors, karkinos, and […]

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6 ½ reasons why you should move into the forest for your health

By Lindsay Jolivet and Ainslie Butler, Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Science Co-editors   Pack your belongings health conscious readers because the evidence is clear: it’s time to live #WithNature. The benefits of spending time in green spaces are well documented, and on June 5, Canada is hosting the United Nations’ World Environment Day with the […]

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Mind over matter: using meditation and mindfulness to combat stress

Catherine Lau, Biology and Life Sciences Co-editor Take a deep breath, clear your mind and be aware of your breathing. These instructions, while seemingly simple, are often easier said than done. Yet with practice, this mental exercise derived from meditation and mindfulness can improve cognitive function and overall wellbeing. While they are rooted in Buddhist […]

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