New DNA-Based Projects to Boost Fruit Plant Trade

Canadian fruit growers need the best varieties of plants to be successful. In the case of Canadian strawberry growers, they grow the best varieties of plants, which foreign buyers demand. The import and export of fruit plants, however, must go through the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to test for potentially devastating plant viruses. Currently, this testing and quarantine process takes…
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Technology advancements and decreasing costs have made DNA sequencing more accessible than ever before. The use of genomic testing to deliver more precise diagnosis and effective treatments in what is being called precision health care could be accessible to everyone as it is taken up into clinical practice. However, at present, genomic tests may not be equally effective for all…
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VIDEO: Understanding the G-quadruplex

How is the human genome sequence packaged in addition to the double helical structure? And how can we visualize, and learn about these alternate structures in the nucleus of the cell? At the University of British Columbia Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Judy Wong and her team are investigating the formation of one alternate structure, the G-quadruplex (G4). This rare DNA structure…
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Medical Marijuana, Inc., the first publicly traded cannabis company in the United States, today announced that its major investment company AXIM Biotechnologies, Inc.  has entered into a Clinical Study Agreement (CSA) with the University of British Columbia in Canada to begin a clinical trial with its CanChew Plus® cannabidiol (CBD) chewing gum product to treat drug-induced psychosis in adult patients. The University will work with Health…
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Expanding the Cancer Toolkit to Tackle Acute Leukemia

Treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML), one of the most aggressive forms of leukemia, involves chemotherapy drugs that many patients find difficult to tolerate and long-term survival is low. New treatments are desperately needed. Dr. Keith Humphries and his program project team based at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver, BC are developing cell models of leukemia that could drastically…
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Each year in Canada, more than 15,500 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy – 55% of those before the age of ten. In 50-60% of the cases, the cause is unknown. Refractory epilepsy – described as that which cannot be controlled with two or more medications – is especially dangerous, because uncontrolled seizures interfere with normal brain growth, and can…
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Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the Investigational New Drug (IND) application for cytisine, an established smoking cessation treatment that has been approved and marketed in Central and Eastern Europe for more than 15 years. The company is now authorized to proceed with clinical development of cytisine in the U.S. Cytisine is a plant-based…
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Instant HIV Home Test Launched in the Netherlands

bioLytical Laboratories, a world leader in rapid infectious disease tests, is pleased to announce the launch of the INSTI® HIV Self Test in pharmacies across the Netherlands. With a single drop of blood, the INSTI HIV Self Test is more than 99% accurate and provides a result instantly.  With other home tests, individuals must wait 15 to 20 minutes (after the test is conducted) for a…
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MSFHR to Provide Match Funds on CIHR Patient-Oriented Research Grants

At MSFHR we partner to grow BC research talent in two main ways: inviting organizations to co-fund MSFHR awards, and contributing match funding for BC researchers applying for national and international projects that address our province’s health system priorities. This match funding enables BC researchers to participate in national and international research, build connections and apply their learnings to the BC…
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Dr. Manish Sadarangani Named Sauder Chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Congratulations to Dr. Manish Sadarangani on his recent appointment as the Sauder Chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of British Columbia. Funded by a donation from the Sauder Family, the Chair supports research to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood infectious diseases. When it comes to saving the lives of kids with serious infections, Dr. Sadarangani believes “the…
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