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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Treating mental health virtually

Del Ingvaldson, New Science Communicator Mental health issues are of increasing importance in today’s society. According to Statistics Canada, 11.3 per cent of Canadians suffer from depression. Researchers have found that university students are among those at the highest risk, with approximately 15.6 per cent of undergraduate students suffering from depression or anxiety disorder. Mental […]

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Adapting to change: The challenge of HIV vaccine development

by Emerson Gaglardi, New Science Communicator In 2016, 36.7 million people around the worldwere living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infections. To put this in perspective, that is about the same as the current population of Canada. Without treatment, HIV dramatically reduces the number of infection-fighting white blood cells over a period of about 10 […]

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If you don’t talk to your cat about catnip, who will?

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Ainslie Butler, Health, Medicine and Veterinary Sciences editor Is your cat a catnip user? Should you be worried about Princess Fuzzbottom’s drug use? What is catnip? It’s the common name of Nepeta cataria, a plant in the mint family that grows wild in many regions, including Canada. Domestic cats generally encounter dried catnip as a […]

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Un nouveau test sanguin pour détecter le cancer pourrait-il changer la donne au Canada?

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Ainslie Butler, éditrice Santé, Médecine et science vétérinaires Un récent rapport publié dans la revue Science présentait un nouveau test sanguin de dépistage du cancer, nommé CancerSEEK, lequel promet d’améliorer dramatiquement le taux de diagnostic cancéreux. Cet outil de dépistage, qu’on appelle une « biopsie liquide », a été développé à l’école de médecine de l’université Johns […]

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