Three new species of microbe found in the guts of termites have been named after members of the Canadian prog-rock band Rush, owing to the microbes’ long hair and rhythmic wriggling under the microscope. “A Spanish postdoc, Javier del Campo, asked me to recommend some good Canadian music, and I suggested he listen to Rush,” says Patrick Keeling, a University…
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There are currently 5 million Canadians suffering from asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), diseases of airflow limitation for which there are no effective treatments. The main reason is that there are many subtypes of these diseases, and some people even suffer from both – a condition called Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome. The key to discovering new life-preserving drugs for…
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There are many scientific challenges to the design of a broadly effective HIV vaccine. One of the longstanding challenges has been the design of a component that can elicit broadly reactive nAbs. One of the target sites on the HIV spike that have been identified through past research are so-called oligomannose sugar molecules that largely coat the virus spike. It has proven challenging to elicit antibodies that can target...
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Infants that are held less by caregivers show lasting changes to genes involved in immune response and metabolism, according to a study of children from British Columbia. Fussy babies who were held the least were underdeveloped for their age in five areas of the genome when they were tested more than four years later. Fussy babies in the high cuddling…
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Get a simple cut on the finger or a bump on the head, and the body’s immune system rushes in to heal the area. Inflammation of this sort is a normal response to injuries or infections; but when inflammation occurs in the brain – particularly the developing brain of a child – it can lead to serious complications and have…
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In the basement of McGill University’s engineering building, Elizabeth O’Meara punches the word “engineer” into a Google Image search and watches the screen fill with pictures of men in construction helmets. “It’s kind of disgraceful,” O’Meara tells her audience, a group of Grade 11 students she’s hoping to encourage to pursue her own field of study. “Not everyone wears hard…
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Seeing children suffering with cancer when he was being treated himself broke Terry Fox’s heart and inspired his Marathon of Hope. Now, those efforts have fuelled a unique initiative to give kids and young adults across the country a chance to live when there are few, if any, treatment options left. Eight-year-old Marlow Ploughman of Shannonville, Ont., has relapsed four…
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CHÉOS Scientist Receives AHA Young Investigator Award

Dr. Brian Grunau, CHÉOS Scientist and emergency physician at St. Paul’s Hospital, was recently recognized for his research at the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium. Dr. Grunau received the Young Investigator award, which is presented annually for the top research submitted to the Symposium by scientists within the first five years of their appointment. This year, 32 investigators from around the…
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Frogs play important ecological roles, and several species are important model organisms for scientific research. The globally distributed Ranidae (true frogs) are the largest frog family, and have substantial evolutionary distance from the model laboratory Xenopus frog species. Unfortunately, there are currently no genomic resources for the former, important group of amphibians. More widely applicable amphibian genomic data is urgently…
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