Are we what we eat? The link between gut microbiota, antibiotic use and health

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Overuse of antibiotics might be making us more vulnerable to disease Sunitha Chari, Biology and Life Sciences co-editor Our gastro-intestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion (1014)) micro-organisms – bacteria, viruses and fungi – that together are called the gut microbiota. If that seems like a mind boggling number consider this: the human body […]

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New research sheds light on how plants sense their world

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Plant behaviour is modulated by a special class of proteins on their cell walls that help them sense and adapt to their environment Jenna Finley and Sunitha Chari, Biology & Life Sciences co-editors Plants lack the five basic senses of sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing that help animals interact with their environment. Yet they […]

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Ethanol: A cocktail drink and a clean and sustainable fuel for your car

Sunitha Chari, Biology & Life Sciences co-editor While horse-drawn carriages are a quaint reminder of Victorian England, the internal combustion engine that powers our automobiles is one of the most significant inventions of the 19th century. There are approximately 34 million motor vehicles in Canada. While some are public or shared transport, it is not uncommon […]

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Canada’s gift to the world: A cure for diabetes mellitus

A look at the past, the present, and the promising future of treating diabetes Sunitha Chari, Biology & Life Science co-editor Think of some of your favourite foods: pizza, pasta, bread—or perhaps you have a sweet tooth and enjoy desserts and chocolates. Ever wondered why these foods are so appealing? The answer is sugar, particularly […]

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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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