CRISPR-Cas9 technology and personalized medicine: What about Canada?

by Rick Gierczak, guest contributor CRISPR-Cas9 technology was accidentally discovered in the 1980s when scientists were researching how bacteria defend themselves against viral infection. While studying bacterial DNA called clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR), they identified additional CRISPR-associated (Cas) protein molecules. Together, CRISPR and one of those protein molecules, termed Cas9, can locate […]

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Withering wildlife: Will Canada Target 1 conservation goals effectively protect our unique biodiversity?

Alina Fisher and Tanya Samman, Environmental and Earth Sciences co-editors What comes to mind when you think of Canada’s parks? Vast tracts of wilderness? A place to hike or camp? The mandate of Parks Canada is to ensure natural areas for both ecological integrity and human enjoyment. But human enjoyment may not be as compatible […]

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Unconscious biases in the grant peer-review process

Nahomi Amberber, Policy & Politics co-editor On February 27, 2018, the Government of Canada released a budget that many in the scientific community described as a “win’ because it dramatically increased funding for fundamental research. For those following science policy in Canada, this decision was not surprising, because it had been years in the making. In […]

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March for Science returns for a second year

By Farah Qaiser, Policy & Politics co-editor   On Saturday, April 14, scientists and science enthusiasts once again took to the streets to advocate for science and evidence-informed policy. This year, there were 230+ March for Science satellite events across the world. In Canada, Evidence for Democracy (along with local organizers) arranged events in 10 […]

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Ramen and Research: how STEM graduate students pay for school

Farah Qaiser and Nahomi Amberber, Policy and Politics co-editors Graduate students play a key role in their scientific fields. Under the supervision of a trained scientist, these students learn how to propose novel ideas, carry out experiments to test their hypotheses, and contribute to the science community’s growing hub of knowledge. However, a day in […]

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