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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The War on Science

How science lost its credibility with the US public and what to do about it  By Pascal Lapointe, Policy and Politics Co-editor   Three factors influence the perception of science in our era: the notion that “all opinions are equal”, the political influence of the religious right, and effective scientific misinformation campaigns by select industries. […]

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Science Borealis Science Book Gift Guide

It can be hard to think of the right gift for that special someone, so Science Borealis is here to help! We’ve asked our team for some of their favourite books to help inspire your science-related gift giving. From novels to nonfiction, these books make great gifts for scientists, science enthusiasts or future science lovers. […]

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The Pangolin Pit: Speaking out for the Pangolin

Can an award-winning photograph save a species from extinction? By Sunitha Chari, Biology and Life Sciences Co-editor   “Nothing prepared Paul for what he saw or smelled.” These words introduce The Pangolin Pit, the photo that won first place in the Single Image category for photojournalism, at the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) […]

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Redesigning Life

John Parrington sets the stage for an informed debate on genetic modification By Erin Zimmerman, Communication, Education, and Outreach Co-editor   “Imagine if living things were as easy to modify as a computer Word file.” So begins John Parrington’s journey through the recent history and present-day pursuits of genetic modification in Redesigning Life. Beginning with […]

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