Bodo saltans virus, the first isolated representative of the most abundant giant viruses in the sea, has been unveiled by researchers at the University of British Columbia. The virus, whose genome weighs in at 1.39 million bases of DNA, is one of the largest giant viruses ever isolated, and the largest known to infect zooplankton. “Bodo saltans virus is one…
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Three internationally recognized researchers will join the University of British Columbia this year, bringing international talent in the fields of evolutionary genomics, functional genetics and social psychology as Canada 150 Research Chairs. Judith Mank, Josef Penninger and Azim Shariff are the latest international researchers to join UBC through the Canada 150 Research Chairs Program. The program was established by the…
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Translational research is a high-risk, iterative phase of the drug development pipeline that is critical in ensuring both a drug’s safety and efficacy. Key questions are answered about a potential drug in translational research: How quickly is it absorbed? How is it distributed to different tissues? How is it metabolized and excreted? At what dose is the drug toxic –…
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Empirical observations over the past many decades have suggested that certain types of virus infections could lead to cancer regression. However, the use of so-called oncolytic viruses (OV) with the intent to treat cancer had been met with skepticism.  Now, thanks to technological advancements in genetic engineering and virus manufacturing, oncolytic virotherapy has gained considerable attention and demonstrated significant, though…
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A new Vancouver-based study says taking ibuprofen every day can help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.  If started early enough, Canadian neuroscientists say using the over-the-counter medication can diminish the chances of developing the disease that currently affects an estimated 564,000 Canadians. Since 2016, president and CEO of Vancouver-based Aurin Biotech, Dr. Patrick McGeer and his team have been following…
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New Antiretroviral Compound Derived From Sea Sponges

Simon Fraser University researchers have identified a chemical compound derived from sea sponges that inhibits HIV at low concentrations and has a mechanism of action that is distinct from licensed antiretroviral drugs. In a new study published in Antiviral Research, SFU Faculty of Heath Sciences researchers Ian Tietjen, Zabrina Brumme, and Mark Brockman and colleagues tested the antiviral properties of 252…
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Public health surveillance programs and outbreak investigations have been dramatically enhanced through the use of whole genome sequencing (WGS). This is evidenced through the application of WGS in the understanding of tuberculosis (TB) transmission pathways, providing critical information to aid in controlling outbreaks and better identifying, testing, and treating those at risk in British Columbia as well as globally. However,…
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Heather Yong: Plotting a Path From Bench to Bedside

Heather Yong is a Directed Studies student in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She has been volunteering with the UBC MS/NMO Clinic and Research Group at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health since 2013. In her final year of her undergraduate studies, Yong is already volunteering in the multiple sclerosis (MS) clinic, conducting epidemiological…
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Researchers at the University of British Columbia have shed new light on how mountain pine beetles produce an important pheromone called trans-verbenol, which could aid in efforts to better predict outbreaks. In recent years, mountain pine beetles have destroyed more than 25 million hectares of pine forests in western North America. In a study published today in Proceedings of the National Academy…
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