Bats: COVID-19’s unexpected victim

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Elizabeth Benner, Biology & Life Sciences editor COVID-19 was the major villain of 2020. But another biological life form received a lot of press, as media speculation centred on bats as the origin of the virus.   Bats and viruses Virus scientists found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, came from a virus in […]

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Why are some Canadians hesitant about COVID-19 vaccines?

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Michael Ralph Limmena, Health, Medicine and Veterinary Sciences editor   In the wake of the Canadian government’s approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in December 2020, many Canadians are eager to get vaccinated. However, some people remain hesitant. According to an IPSOS survey of 1,001 Canadians in November 2020, 28 per cent would […]

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Microplastics: Small pieces of plastic with a big impact

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Dorottya Harangi, Health, Medicine & Veterinary Sciences editor In 2016, 29,000 tonnes of plastic entered Canada’s marine ecosystem. That may sound like a lot, but it amounts to only one per cent of the country’s total plastic waste. Experts estimate that, by 2050, there will be about 12,000,000 kilotonnes of plastic waste in the global […]

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Welcome to new Health, Medicine & Veterinary Sciences editor Dorottya Harangi

Dorottya graduated with a B.Sc. in Neuroscience and Physiology at the University of Toronto, and is now pursuing an M.HSc. in Translational Research, also at the University of Toronto. This program gives her the opportunity to learn how to apply scientific research to solve real-world problems in medicine and health, using a patient centric approach. […]

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The interdisciplinary path to modelling the brain: A talk with neuroscientist Alan Evans

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Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology & Engineering editor The brain is thought to be the most complex organ in the human body, involved in every minutia of our daily lives. Throughout history, people have worked to describe and decipher this powerful organ, and researcher Alan Evans is no different. Evans, a global authority on brain imaging and […]

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