Do You Know How Old Your Kids Really Are?

How old are you? Your DNA might say something different from your birth certificate, and a mismatch could help doctors spot childhood developmental disorders sooner. As we age, small chemical changes in our DNA change how our genes are expressed. These ‘epigenetic changes’ can usually be used to accurately predict a person’s age. But, if epigenetic and ‘true’ ages don’t match,…
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The BC Cancer – Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) celebrates 20 years this month and as researchers look to the future, we’re listing twenty incredible ways the centre has made its mark on the world, not just in the health care industry, which have had lasting impacts locally and globally. In no particular order: 1. GSC researchers contributed significantly to the…
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Elanco Animal Health and the BC Center for Aquatic Health Sciences (BC CAHS) have acquired and validated a novel DNA sequencing platform at the BC-CAHS’ laboratory in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada. The MinION Sequencer, which was developed at Oxford University, in the United Kingdom, features applications that can handle “microbial identification, viral and bacterial phylogenomics, population genomics, metagenomics and…
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Some kombucha drinkers believe the fermented tea beverage helps with everything from digestion to liver health – but people don’t generally buy it to get tipsy. Under the wrong storage conditions, however, researchers say even kombucha that’s labelled “non-alcoholic” can become as boozy as beer or cider. And with the fermented tea becoming more popular than ever, the B.C. Center…
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Allogene Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALLO), a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the development of allogeneic CAR T (AlloCAR T™) therapies for cancer, and Notch Therapeutics Inc., an immune cell therapy company creating universally compatible, allogeneic T cell therapies for the treatment of diseases of high unmet need, today announced an exclusive worldwide collaboration and license agreement to research and develop induced…
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CBR Member Feature: Maria-Elizabeth Baeva, BSc

People who change your opinions about life come in all forms. For me, these forms usually entail lab coats and nitrile gloves. One of these PPE-endowed people is a Master of Science candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Wilfred Jeffries named Maria-Elizabeth Baeva. Before I met Maria, I was convinced that all successful graduate students devoted the majority of their…
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Although breast cancer treatment has made great strides, around 5,000 Canadian women are still expected to succumb to the disease in 2019 alone. And it’s not the breast tumour that will kill them; it’s the spread of the cancer cells to other sites—a process called metastasis. Karla Williams, a professor in the faculty of pharmaceutical sciences at UBC and the…
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Vienna Lam, Lab Manager at SFU, Featured on Best of the WWEST Podcast

In this episode, we hear from Vienna Lam, the Lab Manager at the SFU Centre for Forensic Research and School of Criminology. She tells host Danniele about her love for learning, which took her from a bachelor degree to a second bachelor degree to a master’s degree. You’ll hear about her passion for the whole research cycle as well as…
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The University of British Columbia will host the first Canadian concert bringing leading musical talents of Vienna together with dramatic narratives from science and medicine. “Sounds and Science: Vienna Vancouver” is part of the President’s Concert Series, to be held Nov. 30, 2019 on UBC campus. The event is modeled on a successful concert series launched in Austria in 2014, in cooperation with…
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