Your genes may (NOT) be used against you – Blog

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This week’s feature article is a great read from 2020 by former Policy & Politics editor Katie Compton. In it, she discusses Canada’s Genetic Non-Discrimination Act and its implications as genetic testing becomes increasingly common. By Katie Compton, Policy & Politics editor When I’m not writing and editing for Science Borealis, I’m working as a […]

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Hitting the snooze button: is it time to let teens start school later in the day?

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By Katie Compton, Policy & Politics editor Research has confirmed something that parents and teens have known for a long time: teenagers stay up later and sleep in longer than other age groups. This sleeping pattern isn’t an act of rebellion or a sign of laziness – it’s rooted in teens’ natural circadian rhythm. Forcing […]

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Take a closer look: How to fight back against online disinformation

By Katie Compton, Policy and Politics editor For my last post on disinformation, I spoke with researchers who study the sources and impacts of intentionally misleading information online. I came away from those interviews with a better sense of the problem’s scale and how disinformation erodes people’s trust in the media, government, and other institutions. […]

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Why is your doctor still using a fax machine? Barriers to electronic health records in Canada

by Katie Compton, Policy & Politics editor In our day-to-day lives, we access digital information with such ease that we don’t really stop and think about the underlying infrastructure that makes it all possible. When we encounter the edges of this digital ease—say, when one of our trusted messaging apps goes offline unexpectedly—it can be […]

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