Bench to Bedside for Biotherapeutics (B3) workshop: Translating science into the clinic

Shreya Shukla is a Development Scientist at CCRM. Her scientific interests lie at the intersection of T cell immunotherapy, gene editing and stem cell bioengineering. Shreya obtained her BSc in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and PhD from Dr. Peter Zandstra’s laboratory at University of Toronto (UofT) focusing on the scalable generation of progenitor T cells from pluripotent stem cells and hematopoietic stem cells. Her interests in science communication and education inspired her…

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Sustainability in the face of change: Challenges in food security in an ever-evolving climate

  This year's Agricultural Bioscience International Conference, or ABIC, was held in Winnipeg  from Sept 25th to the 28th.  Genome Alberta's Research Program Manager Ryan Mercer attended the conference and contributed this blog post on one of the key discussions from the event.    The global population is expected to increase by approx 2.3 billion people by the year 2050. This growth will almost exclusively take place in developing countries and there is a widespread…

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My own donation journey…

In this six-part series, Dr. Jeannie Callum, a hospital-based transfusion specialist, shares her real-life experience witnessing the impact of blood donation on patient lives. She provides some fascinating insight into blood transfusion, past and present, and emphasizes the need for male donors and why some donors may be safer for patients. Read the complete series here.

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Le cerveau dynamique : l’apport de la physique du chaos

Comme je l’ai présenté ici le 11 septembre dernier, voici le résumé d’un aspect de mon cours #5 de l’université du troisième âge (UTA) que je donnerai demain à Longueuil et lundi prochain à St-Bruno (le pdf de la présentation sera disponible ici dès jeudi). J’ai déjà détaillé pas mal le contenu de ce cours sur les rythmes cérébraux l’automne passé dans le cadre de mon cours sur la « cognition incarnée ». Je vous invite donc à…

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Amazon turtles imperilled by dams, mercury pollution and illegal trade

For as long as people have lived in the Amazon, turtles have likely been on the menu. But what was once low-impact subsistence hunting escalated dramatically after the arrival of Europeans. From the 1700s onward, demand for turtle eggs and meat skyrocketed. And the eggs weren’t just for eating: estimates suggest that more than 200 million … Continue reading Amazon turtles imperilled by dams, mercury pollution and illegal trade

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The Amazon River & the Tragedy of “The Tragedy of The Commons”

Environmentality: a militarized mentality… a pattern of thought that seeks to justify increases in national and civilian security by increasing insecurity; environmentalism turned into a policing action—Robert P. Marzec   According to Robert Marzec, of the University of Minnesota, science has sought since the 1700s to emancipate human beings from their dependence on chance; the science and philosophy of men ultimately “brought about a form of securitization that changed the understanding of Nature from an…

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Thinking about Gene Transfer Agent

I'm at Dartmouth for three months, working with Olga Zhaxybayeva's group to improve our evolutionary understanding of Gene Transfer Agent.  I'm writing an R-script simulation of the genetic exchange it causes (finally learning R), but my control runs with epistasis don't give the expected results.  So I'm writing this post and creating a Powerpoint deck to clarify my thinking.First, what's Gene Transfer Agent?  A number of different kinds of bacteria produce 'transducing particles' called Gene…

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