Right Turn: Genes are this season’s hottest trend

In what feels like back-to-back news, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two gene therapies for cancer. The actual announcements happened seven weeks apart, but for patients, manufacturers, investors and shareholders, it’s like Christmas – over and over again. As you probably know, Novartis’ Kymriah was approved at the end of August to treat pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). On Wednesday (October 18), Kite’s Yescarta was given the green light…

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New Province, New Adventures

So I live in Ontario now. It’s not a whole lot different yet, probably because I spend 90% of my time in the house and when I leave, it’s for Home Depot or groceries. Because new houses need curtain rods and shelving, and, well, there is only so long a person with food allergies can survive on even the most well-researched take out. Last weekend, though, Tech Support and I decided it was time to…

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Lock-In for Love

You can help the animals at the BC SPCA Maple Ridge by donating to Lock-In for Love.The animals are getting worried.On Sunday, October 22nd, staff, volunteers and local celebrities will be locked into kennels with a furry friend.They have to raise bail money to get out.All of the funds raised will help the BC SPCA Maple Ridge.But what if they don’t raise bail? The animals are worried their dinners may be late…You can help now…

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Two Weeks Out at Sea

We are excited to welcome Ashley Arnold to Dispatches from the Field today! Ashley is a graduate student studying microbial ecology at the University of British Columbia. Today she tells us about two very interesting weeks out at sea. For more about Ashley, see the end of this post.  Wait, you’re going where?! Will you have internet connection? I don’t get it…why are you going again? Do you get seasick? These are just a few…

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Two New Posts: Dog Walking and Favourites

Two posts look at dog walking behaviour and my personal favourite blog posts.This week I have two new posts for you.At my Psychology Today blog Fellow Creatures, I look at some new research on the links between dog ownership, dog walking, physical health, and the human-animal bond.“What I was excited about were the associations we found between the strength of the bond with the dog and dog-walking behaviour,” said Dr. Jessica Bibbo, one of the…

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Two Postdocs at Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Naturalis Biodiversity Center is searching forTwo Postdocs to study spatial and temporal variability of marine biodiversity using an eDNA or metabarcoding approachIn collaboration with the Institute of Environmental Sciences at Leiden University (CML), Naturalisdevelops the Netherlands Center for Genetic Biodiversity Assessments, combining world leading expertise on taxonomy, ecology and genetics. Using our extended DNA reference collections, our high-tech lab facilities and our bioinformatics pipelines, we continuously improve and apply genetic biodiversity assessments, making them more rapid, accurate,…

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