Regenerative medicine news under the microscope – July 2021

“Regenerative medicine news under the microscope” is a monthly feature highlighting big stories in stem cell research. I will sample the latest and greatest findings in recent press and package them into a single post. July was another great month in regenerative medicine research news. In this edition, I cover the first true case of in vitro gametogenesis, the molecular mechanisms of liver regeneration, a compassionate use stem cell study for muscular dystrophy, and more!…

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Baby, it’s Cold Outside! Thermoregulation in marine mammals

Polar oceanic water can get as cold as about –2°C! Even temperate or tropical waters might drop as low as –1°C if deep enough. This makes you think, how do marine mammals survive arctic temperatures? In this post, we’ll take the artic plunge into thermoregulation in marine mammals. What we will learn in this post – Credit: Anaïs Remili Let’s Talk Ratios: Size matters! One way that animals can reduce heat loss is by having…

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New genomics funding to meet environmental challenges

July 29, 2021 Calgary, Alberta   $6.4 million investment to manage the spread of Mountain Pine Beetle $6.3 million to study treatment of oil sands affected wastewater in northern environments Genomic technologies hold innovative solutions to a range of challenges, and new funding through Genome Alberta and Genome Canada will bring genomics to bear on important issues facing us today. The 2 Alberta-led projects were among the 8 projects selected under the Large-Scale Applied Research…

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Helping forests resist mountain pine beetle

  Janice Cooke and Cathy Cunningham know their pine beetles. They have extensive experience studying mountain pine beetles, the damage they do to boreal forests, and what it takes to limit the spread of the beetle which is only the size of a grain of rice.    Genome Alberta has helped fund their work in the past and we are pleased to support them once again in a new project funded under the latest Genome…

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Overcoming The Colossal Fear of Looking Like A Graceless Noob

The self-imposed stress of signing up for new dog training endeavours and how a berry U-Pick helped me to get over myself. Photo: alexei_tm/ShutterstockBy Kristi Benson CTC PCBC-A, Special CorrespondentThis page contains affiliate links which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you.Fear of Failure“I didn’t know there was going to be a test.” I picked another haskap and dropped the dark blue berry in the plastic clamshell on the ground…

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Insect Olfaction and Taste in 24 Hours Around the Globe

Insect Olfaction and Taste in 24 Hours Around the Globe From 9am Pacific Daylight Time, Wednesday August 11 to 5pm British Summer Time, Thursday August 12 Co-Hosts: Walter S. Leal, UC Davis, USA Wynand van der Goes van Naters, Cardiff University, UK Coral Warr, La Trobe University, Australia We travel west around the globe Preface by John G. Hildebrand Opening Lecture by Josefina del Mármol Confirmed Invited/Keynote Speakers: Richard Benton, Greg Jefferis, Leslie Vosshall, Ke…

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One Year

Time is a capricious beast, stretching out for long periods of time that seem to creep by very slowly, then whipping back with a snap that makes a week pass in a matter of seconds. Time was especially tricky during the pandemic, when every day was much the same as the other and it was as though the world stood still. It was during the pandemic that my dad passed away, one year ago last…

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Making Biochem More Accessible: the Virtual Biochemistry Day Outreach Event for High School Students

Written by Kate Jiang On March 24th, 2021, the Department of Biochemistry’s Wellness, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (WIDE) committee held their virtual Biochemistry Day for high school students across Toronto. Biochemistry Day is an outreach initiative for students from underserved areas to learn more about …

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