Diversity is critical for the health of our gut, but also in science, Dr. Carolina Tropini says Dr. Carolina Tropini had never intended to study bacteria before she started her PHD; in fact, not studying bacteria was her only requirement. Like most people, she saw bacteria as dirty, infectious agents that only carry pathogens. That all changed when she heard…
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An Inhaled Drug Cocktail Could Block COVID-19

The immunotherapy based on antibody research being developed by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute researcher Dr. Horacio Bach could provide short-term protection against the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. To date, COVID-19—a disease that largely affects the respiratory system—has claimed the lives of over 870,000 people worldwide. “One of the challenges we face with regards to a potential COVID-19 vaccine is that we…
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The Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization (CPDC) and adMare BioInnovations (adMare) are pleased to announce they have formed a new collaboration, “The CPDC-adMare Radiopharmaceutical Initiative (CARI)” to bring their respective resources together to advance an area of tremendous therapeutic and commercial potential in which Canada can gain a considerable global competitive advantage: radiopharmaceuticals. This field revolutionized precision medicine by the use…
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Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), once known as insulin dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition that causes pancreatic cells to produce little or no insulin. Insulin plays an important role in regulating blood sugar, or glucose, so T1D patients cannot naturally regulate their blood sugar levels. Current treatments for diabetes are costly with diabetes-related healthcare costs in Canada expected to increase…
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Genomics Study Uncovers a Novel Feature of Mantle Cell Lymphoma Biology

Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is a rare and incurable form of B cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. To develop effective cancer therapies for the disease, a better understanding of how MCL cells develop and persist is essential. In a new study published in the journal Blood, led by GSC Senior Scientist Dr. Ryan Morin, researchers used exome, genome and transcriptome sequencing to characterize MCL tumours and identified a novel…
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A renowned British Columbia doctor is being celebrated for his pioneering work fighting HIV/AIDS with a new commemorative stamp. Dr. Julio Montaner is one of six distinguished Canadian doctors and researchers whose faces will grace the new run of stamps from Canada Post. Montaner, who moved to Vancouver from his native Argentina in 1981, is recognized for his research work that…
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AbCellera today announced that interim data from a Phase 2 clinical trial of LY-CoV555, the first antibody to emerge from AbCellera’s collaboration with Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) to create antibody therapies for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19, shows a reduction in the rate of hospitalization in patients treated with the antibody. Key findings from the interim data of…
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Researchers at UBC’s faculty of medicine are working with microscopes—some up to 13 feet tall—to help prevent and treat COVID-19. The research team, led by Sriram Subramaniam, a professor in UBC’s department of biochemistry and molecular biology, is using a powerful imaging technique known as cryo-electron microscopy to take pictures at near-atomic resolution to see how various antibody treatments bind…
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Scientists from UBC’s faculty of medicine and the Institute of Molecular Biology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA) have discovered that the gene, known as JAGN1, plays an important role in antibody production and the body’s ability to mount a defense against pathogens, including viruses. The findings were published online today in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. Dr. Josef Penninger…
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A Week In the Life Of a Geneticist

It’s the start of the week, and I’ll be heading to UBC’s main campus to attend my first lecture of the day. It’s a beautiful morning, and I’m looking forward to enjoying my 25 minute bus transit.TUESDAYWe’re on the hereditary cancer section of my human genetics course. Each class is a case-study, and we’re given information on a certain individual,…
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