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How Canada combats antimicrobial resistance


By Nahomi Amberber, Policy & Politics Co-Editor Do you remember how many times you’ve been prescribed an antibiotic or used […]

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Where did all the tail clubs go?

Today is a New Paper Day! This time, we’re talking about the evolution of tail weapons! (Two Ankylosaurus duke it out with their tail clubs. (c) Jack Mayer Wood, used with permission) Readers of this blog will not be surprised to know that I find ankylosaur tail clubs quite interesting. I’ve been lucky to get … Continue reading Where did all the tail clubs go?

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Tricking the body to accept transplanted organs

A stem cell therapy to reboot the immune system may give organ transplant recipients longer and better outcomes.Dr. Gary Levy is undertaking an innovative new trial aimed at improving the outcomes of organ transplantation. Photo: University Health Network.Donated organs provide new hope and extended life for the more than 2,500 Canadians who receive a transplant each year. But for many of these patients, the new organs also come with a catch: they have expiration dates.The main…

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Questions about CRISPR-mediated phage immunity

Thursday's post described the hypothesis that bacteria might use gene transfer agent particles to inoculate other cells in the population with fragments of phage DNA, and outlined an experiment to test this.  Now I'm realizing that I need to know a lot more about the kind of immunity I should expect to see if this GTA-as-vaccine hypothesis is correct.Simplistic outline of the experiment:Infect GTA-producer strain of R. capsulatus with phage under conditions where the infection…

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Alberta adds a newish quantum nanotechnology research hub to the Canada’s quantum computing research scene

One of the winners in Canada’s 2017 federal budget announcement of the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy was Edmonton, Alberta. It’s a fact which sometimes goes unnoticed while Canadians marvel at the wonderfulness found in Toronto and Montréal where it seems new initiatives and monies are being announced on a weekly basis (I exaggerate) for their AI (artificial intelligence) efforts. Alberta’s quantum nanotechnology hub (graduate programme) Intriguingly, it seems that Edmonton has higher aims than (an…

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Un cerveau divisé en deux, ça donne une ou deux personnes ?

Un peu comme la semaine dernière, on pourrait dire que les travaux dont on va parler cette semaine remettent en question une série d’expériences devenues des classiques en sciences cognitives, celles sur les patients à cerveau divisé (« split brain », en anglais). Vous me direz : c’est dans l’ordre des choses que des résultats d’expériences scientifiques soient éventuellement raffinés et/ou remis en question. Mais ces deux cas se ressemblent d’une part par l’importance du…

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