Veterinary researchers seek clues to more effective treatment for deadly dog disease

Nolan Chalifoux, New Science Communicator Taking your adorable new puppy to play at the dog park: priceless. Potential cost of not fully vaccinating your puppy first: several days in the veterinary hospital, thousands of dollars in intensive-care fees… and still no guarantee your puppy will survive. Many new pet owners face this shocking and unfortunate […]

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Cannabis is NOT a dog’s best friend

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Ainslie Butler, Health, Medicine and Veterinary Sciences editor Now that cannabis has been legalized, Canadians don’t have to hide their stash. But dog owners need to be aware of the dangers that cannabis can pose to their pooches. Research shows that dogs are more sensitive to cannabis than humans. Specifically, dogs are harmed by delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol […]

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Multi-talented organisms: How seaweeds can affect our daily lives

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Samanta Hoffmann, Nature Conservancy of Canada Seaweeds, a type of macro-algae (a group that includes benthic [attached to the bottom] marine algae that are typically visible to the naked eye), provide hope for a more sustainable future, through healthier food, renewable energy and fewer plastics. Over the last few years, not only have scientists developed […]

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How we remember: The intriguing case of HM

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Robert Gooding-Townsend, Science in Society co-editor HM is not, as you might think, a clothing store. He is instead one of the most celebrated patients in neuroscience – a key case study in our understanding of how the brain encodes memory. However, the lessons his case can teach us about memory extend far beyond the […]

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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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