Updates to Companion Animal Psychology’s Privacy Policy

The Companion Animal Psychology privacy policy has been updated effective from 16 May 2018.Specifically, we would like you to know that:Email subscribers can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the ‘unsubscribe’ link that you will find at the bottom of every email from Companion Animal PsychologyThe only way to subscribe to the email subscription list is to specifically opt in. We will never add you, even if you email us about the blog.Anyone who has…

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Wood Gone Viral!

After seeing how amazing my first batch of laser-cut wood designs turned out, I decided I needed to make a LOT more! With the approach of ASV 2018, viruses were the obvious choice. It doesn’t hurt that viruses lend themselves beautifully to a clean, graphic style that works so well in this medium! I came up with five new virus designs, covering a broad range of known virus families. With so many recent business expenses,…

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Omega-3 Supplements and Dry Eyes

People take omega-3 supplements for all kinds of reasons. They take them for heart disease even though the evidence for benefit is questionable. But another reason to take them is for dry eyes, for which some trials have suggested a  benefit. But a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests otherwise. My latest article of the Montreal Gazette. http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-omega-3-supplements-for-dry-eyes ************************ Fish oil supplements are very popular. While most people take them for…

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Weekend reads

After some crazily busy weeks a quick weekend read blog post. Some really good papers have appeared in the last couple of weeks. Hard to make a selection.A MinION-based pipeline for fast and cost-effective DNA barcodingDNA barcodes are useful for species discovery and species identification, but obtaining barcodes currently requires a well-equipped molecular laboratory, is time-consuming, and/or expensive. We here address these issues by developing a barcoding pipeline for Oxford Nanopore MinION™ and demonstrate that…

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Right Turn: Science communication in action at ISCT 2018

The 2018 International Society for Cell & Gene Therapy annual conference (ISCT 2018) took place in Montreal, Quebec, from May 2 to 5. It brought together experts and leaders in cell and gene therapies, and regenerative medicine, working in roles from bench to bedside. The conference provided a forum for academics and industry to communicate and collaborate with their international peers regarding research, challenges and partnering opportunities. Beyond peer-to-peer knowledge translation, conferences like ISCT 2018…

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Plan B for Science Communications

Yesterday I attended a workshop on "Mapping the Emerging Issues in the Public Representation of Bioscience & Health Issues". It was hosted by Tim Caulfield and the Health Law Institute and there were about 20 people present. In one day and a dozen presentations it wasn't meant to be a comprehensive take on health and bioscience communication but rather hit some highlights and some of the more problematic developments. There was a lot of discussion…

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The Plot Thickens: This caterpillar ain’t big enough for the two of us

Some of my favorite insects to find while out in the field are hawkmoth caterpillars, or hornworms (named after the characteristic “tail”). They are big, squishy sausages that often show off dazzling colors, sometimes with interesting anti-predator adaptations like eyespots and mimicry. All these characters make the hawkmoth caterpillar look like a toy just waiting for you to play with. The sad truth is that being big and flashy in the natural world often comes…

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Liste de vérification pour ne rien oublier sur le terrain

lebeagle: par Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin, Geneviève Lajoie, Gabrielle Trottier, et Sarah Nason Prêt à débuter votre saison de terrain? Que vous partiez pour la première fois pour un été terrain ou que vous soyez aguerri, l’équipe du Beagle vous propose une liste de vérification pour vous aider à planifier votre matériel pour l’été et (on l’espère) vous éviter quelques déboires. Les essentiels à toujours avoir dans son sac à dos Comment s’habiller sur le terrain Ce…

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