The holiday season is upon us, and as research begins to slow towards the end of the year, we too will be taking a short break to prepare for the new year ahead. Science in the City will be closing down operations for the remainder of the holiday season, but will return as your source for local life science news…
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A chapter contribution to the Encyclopedia of AIDS by two Simon Fraser University graduate students is helping researchers to expand their knowledge on HIV/AIDS. Anh Le and Aniqa Shahid, who are both completing their Master of Science degrees in the Faculty of Health Sciences, recently made a contribution to an encyclopedic publication that indexes current research on HIV. The Encyclopedia of AIDS…
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This is the first study in CF to evaluate early change in blood protein biomarkers using multiple reaction monitoring mass spectrometry to predict response to pulmonary exacerbation treatment. Several proteins from the blood of CF patients changed during the treatment of pulmonary exacerbations…
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A New Lineage of Eukaryotes Illuminates Early Mitochondrial Genome Reduction

Read the Publication  This week we profile a recent publication in Current Biology from the laboratory of Dr. Patrick Keeling (front, second from right) at the University of British Columbia. Can you provide a brief overview of your lab’s current research focus? Research in the lab is actually not particularly focused on one question, I think in part because diversity is…
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A team of Canadian researchers that studied so-called predatory journals is suggesting a “co-ordinated response” from scientists, institutions and patients to combat the spread of illegitimate or questionable science. Researchers from the Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa have published a guide for stakeholders in Nature of Human Behaviour, saying their actions will be “needed to stop the influence of illegitimate journals.”…
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Dr. Alex Wyatt has been awarded a CIHR Early Career Investigator Award for $345,000 over 3 years.  His project aims to develop a procedure that will enable the identification of metastatic bladder cancer patients most likely to respond to specific therapies. Chemotherapy has historically been the most effective treatment for metastatic disease, but long-term survival has been a rarity. Recently,…
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Microbes exist everywhere – in water, air, soil, plants and animals, and from the coldest regions of the Antarctic to the boiling hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the sea. According to microbiologist Brett Finlay, there are far more bacteria on Earth than there are stars in the sky, and despite their microscopic size, the Earth’s microbes weigh more than…
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Heartbreaking loss has led to a leap in progress for beluga whale conservation science: the beluga genome has been sequenced for the first time.   BC Cancer’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) worked with genetic material from the mother and daughter beluga whales who were cared for at Vancouver Aquarium for almost three decades. The Genome BC funded research…
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Phyton Biotech today announced that it has received a $400,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund the research and development of an alternative method of producing artemisinin, a key active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) used to combat malaria. Artemisinin-based therapies are the global standard for the treatment of malaria, a disease that affects over 200 million people…
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