At home DNA testing kits have made it easier than ever for the average person to learn about their genes, unlocking information about everything from their genealogical ancestries to their risks for developing certain conditions. More than 26 million people have already had home DNA tests. But with this glut of data, some very important questions arise: How do we create a world where genetic…
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What a difference a year makes. Canada’s 2019 budget, released on 19 March, includes modest increases for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government priorities, including neuroscience and genomics research ― nothing like the historic five-year, Can$4-billion (US$3-billion) boostfor basic science and research unveiled in 2018. The 2019 funding plan would also create an advisory body that would subject future government funding decisions…
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Through Budget 2019, the Government of Canada has signalled its continued confidence in Canadian stem cell and regenerative medicine research with a multi-year investment of $18 million through the Stem Cell Network (SCN). For nearly two decades, SCN has been working to develop a diverse and collaborative national network of research experts, industry and not for profit organizations who are…
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In 2018, Ottawa brought down an impressive “science budget” for Canada. Most signals indicate that this year’s federal budget will focus on skills – ensuring that learners finish their first degree or diploma ready to go to work. It is important, however, to recognize and support the value of graduate degrees. As an organization of concerned graduate students and postdoctoral…
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You’ve probably heard of Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein and Mark Zuckerberg. But can you name a woman scientist or engineer? Half of Canadians can’t, suggests a new poll. The online survey of 1,511 Canadians was commissioned by the non-profit group Girls Who Code and conducted by the market research firm Maru/Blue from March 1-3 and released for International Women’s Day today.…
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Innovation Nation: We cannot afford or excuse this double-jeopardy for Canadian prosperity — jobs without people and people without jobs In every sector you can name, digital innovation, particularly the potential of artificial intelligence, is driving dramatic change. A recent report from RBC estimates that 25 per cent of current Canadian jobs will be heavily impacted by technology — and…
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Sex & Gender in Research 101

What is sex and gender? The consideration of sex and gender when designing and implementing health studies is critical in producing the best possible health research evidence. There is a growing expectation that people use appropriate language when discussing these concepts. Introduced in the Spring 2018 Project Grant competition, CIHR now requires that all applicants integrate sex and gender into…
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Marie Curie, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Brenda Milner, Martha Salcudean, Julie Payette, Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson. What do these names bring to mind? They are women whose pioneering work led the fight against cancer, ground-breaking discoveries about how brain cells live and die and to the unveiling of the secrets of human memory. They are leaders in innovation in mechanical engineering and space exploration. They were among the first…
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As research continues to uncover the importance of gut health and its role in all aspects of wellness, probiotic health products continue to receive a huge amount of hype. How huge? Probiotics have become an industry behemoth—one expected to generate $66-billion in global revenue by 2024, built on headlines that link gut bacteria to everything from depression to obesity to migraines to Parkinson’s…
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When I was an undergrad science student at the University of Toronto in the mid-eighties, I grew bacteria on petri dishes, marvelling at how quickly they multiplied to form multicoloured colonies that resembled art. My fellow students and I wore lab coats and gloves, but no other gear was required because most bacteria were considered relatively harmless. I never imagined…
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