Food Evolution – what some Edmontonians think

As the new documentary Food Evolution observes "the three most terrifying  letters in the English language are GMO". On September 12 the University of Alberta Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences sponsored a screening of the documentary about the science of, and the societal reaction to, genetically modified foods. As a Faculty, AELS has a strong focus on the safety and sustainability of the food supply and how that can be achieved while taking…

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U of L researchers receive $2.6 million in NSERC funding

University of Lethbridge researchers in biology, chemistry and biochemistry, geography, mathematics and computer science, physics and psychology will be able to pursue diverse areas of inquiry thanks to $2.64 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). Canada’s Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, announced today $515 million in support for fundamental research through the NSERC 2017 competition for the Discovery Grants program, scholarships and fellowships. “The Government of Canada is committed…

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Project based learning? Some thoughts before you start

                          Recently I read in the Atlantic a statement that represents perhaps the greatest conundrum for educators: “While test scores can predict academic success, self-management and relationship skills may better prepare students to thrive and graduate.” Perhaps taking the time to involve your students in a science fair may provide you with a way to reconcile both sides. A lot can be said about standardized tests, but the key in any plus/minus analysis comes down…

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If Genomics Pan Out, Will Farmers Buy In?

While the layperson thinks of gel as something for their hair, GE3LS research gathers data for scientists to comb through in assessing their work. An acronym for “Genomics and its Ethical, Environmental, Economic, Legal and Social aspects”, it examines questions at the intersection of genomics and society to anticipate pitfalls, cultivate success and anticipate the impact of scientific advances. As part of the Genome Alberta project using genomics to raise feed efficiency and lower methane…

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If Genomics Pan Out, Will Farmers Buy In?

While the layperson thinks of gel as something for their hair, GE3LS research gathers data for scientists to comb through in assessing their work. An acronym for “Genomics and its Ethical, Environmental, Economic, Legal and Social aspects”, it examines questions at the intersection of genomics and society to anticipate pitfalls, cultivate success and anticipate the impact of scientific advances. As part of the Genome Alberta project using genomics to raise feed efficiency and lower methane…

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Genomics on Display at Gentec Field Day

Most days, genomics are like the brainy kid at the back of the class, working away quietly and shunning the spotlight. But on August 22, 2017, they literally had a field day with all the attention, taking centre stage for the Cow-Forage Gentec Tour at the Lacombe Research Centre.  This year, the focus was on the interaction among cow, forage and genomics. Staff from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry, Alberta Beef Producers and…

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FDA approval brings first gene therapy to the United States

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a historic action today making the first gene therapy available in the United States, ushering in a new approach to the treatment of cancer and other serious and life-threatening diseases. The FDA approved Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) for certain pediatric and young adult patients with a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). “We’re entering a new frontier in medical innovation with the ability to reprogram a patient’s own cells to…

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FDA approval brings first gene therapy to the United States

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a historic action today making the first gene therapy available in the United States, ushering in a new approach to the treatment of cancer and other serious and life-threatening diseases. The FDA approved Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) for certain pediatric and young adult patients with a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). “We’re entering a new frontier in medical innovation with the ability to reprogram a patient’s own cells to…

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Canada: An Education Superpower

                              This week a new school year begins for Canadian students and teachers in those schools scheduled on a ‘traditional’ school year, although there are some ‘year-round’ schools and some schools on what are known as ‘modified calendars’ already underway. Now teachers in all these schools can be proud. The very good news is that Canada is now recognized as one of the education superpowers. Unfortunately, it took the British press and American education gurus…

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Alberta scientist receives Canadian Beef Industry honours

A nationally and internationally respected researcher of beef cattle health and welfare has been awarded the 2017 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, PhD, was honored tonight at the 2017 Canadian Beef Industry Conference. Dr. Schwartzkopf-Genswein is a Senior Research Scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge, Alberta and holds adjunct appointments at several universities. She has made phenomenal contributions to advancements in the competitiveness and sustainability of the…

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