Could a new blood test change the Canadian cancer landscape?

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Ainslie Butler, Health, Medicine and Veterinary Sciences Subject Editor A recent report in Science described a new cancer screening blood test, CancerSEEK, that promises to dramatically improve rates of cancer diagnosis. This screening tool, developed at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is called a ‘liquid biopsy’ and it tests for eight common types […]

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Ajuster la recette de la sécurité alimentaire au Canada

Le système de sécurité alimentaire du Canada devrait empêcher les aliments dangereux de parvenir à nos bouches. Mais est-ce suffisant de partager l’information avec le public? Un expert nous donne son opinion. Ainslie Butler et Lindsay Jolivet, Co-éditrices – Santé, médecine et science vétérinaire Des bactéries au plastique, en passant par des noix bien camouflées, […]

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Meet the Science Borealis team with #SciBorSelfies!

This year, Science Borealis celebrates our 4th anniversary by paying tribute to our amazing team of volunteers! These are the folks who do the hard work every day to keep things running. We had each team member draw a simple line drawing self-portrait, which was then colourized and SciBorated by art team member Peggy Muddles. […]

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Tweaking the recipe for food safety in Canada

Canada’s food safety system is supposed to keep dangerous food away from our mouths. But is it sharing with the public enough to keep us informed? One expert weighs in. Ainslie Butler and Lindsay Jolivet, Co-editors Health, Medicine & Veterinary Science From bacteria to plastic to hidden nuts, the list of contaminants that could be lurking […]

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Toxoplasmosis and the zombie mouse in my backyard


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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