Seeking Science at Tower Bridge

                         A science teacher is expected to have a grasp on a wide range of science topics, and the lower the grade taught, the wider the scope. I recall when Structure and Design was introduced as a topic in the Grade 7 curriculum, teachers were scrambling to learn something about the topic. Ever since that time, I take every opportunity to learn a little bit more about this subject that I never had the opportunity…

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Seeking Science at Tower Bridge

                         A science teacher is expected to have a grasp on a wide range of science topics, and the lower the grade taught, the wider the scope. I recall when Structure and Design was introduced as a topic in the Grade 7 curriculum, teachers were scrambling to learn something about the topic. Ever since that time, I take every opportunity to learn a little bit more about this subject that I never had the opportunity…

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Seeking Science at the Wellcome Collection

                                        I began writing about my science travel adventures “Seeking Science” when I visited London in 2013. Since then, my purpose has been to tell you about some of the lesser-known places that may not be in guidebooks or top ten lists. On my most recent trip to London, I visited the Wellcome Collection. It self-describes as ‘a free visitor destination for the incurably curious exploring the connections between medicine, life…

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Chronic Wasting Disease Comes in Many Forms

Chronic Wasting Disease comes in different shapes and sizes and there are significant implications to these variations in strains and isolates. The variants can infect different hosts and raises the possibility of the disease jumping species.  Debbie McKenize and Judd Aiken are part of the our LSARP project on the Systems biology and molecular ecology of Chronic Wasting Disease and have recently published a paper that shows how the strains infect different hosts and what…

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Chronic Wasting Disease Comes in Many Forms

Chronic Wasting Disease comes in different shapes and sizes and there are significant implications to these variations in strains and isolates. The variants can infect different hosts and raises the possibility of the disease jumping species.  Debbie McKenize and Judd Aiken are part of the our LSARP project on the Systems biology and molecular ecology of Chronic Wasting Disease and have recently published a paper that shows how the strains infect different hosts and what…

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Using Genomics to Beef Up Meat Quality

When it comes to marketing a product or service, ensuring quality is like showering before a job interview: It won’t guarantee success, but it’s a pretty good start. It seems that many researchers agree, which is why enhancing meat quality – along with feed efficiency - forms the basis of a Genome Alberta project involving genomics and the beef cattle industry. And if quality is the end goal, gEPDs are the starting point. “As the…

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Using Genomics to Beef Up Meat Quality

When it comes to marketing a product or service, ensuring quality is like showering before a job interview: It won’t guarantee success, but it’s a pretty good start. It seems that many researchers agree, which is why enhancing meat quality – along with feed efficiency - forms the basis of a Genome Alberta project involving genomics and the beef cattle industry. And if quality is the end goal, gEPDs are the starting point. “As the…

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SU2C Announces $10 Million for Translational Cancer Research

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is inviting proposals for a new $10 million Dream Team of top scientific investigators searching for new strategies to prevent or treat cancer, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), SU2C’s Scientific Partner, announced recently. Unlike other Dream Team grants offered by SU2C in recent years that focused on specific types of cancer, such as colorectal cancer or lung cancer, the new $10 million grant is open to any type…

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Herding Hemingway’s Cats

                                                  Kat Arney calls herself “The Nigella of Science” on her Twitter profile. I don’t spend a lot of time on the Food Channel, but I do like science. And Kat Arney’s book Herding Hemingway’s Cats, subtitled Understanding How Our Genes Work promised to be an interesting read when I spotted it. Genes: how they work and how they are regulated? Is it methyl groups? What role…

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