Sea Otters – August 2021

This month we crack into the life of sea otters as our “Whale of the Month.” Though they have a charming disposition, looks are deceiving for these feisty creatures! Sea Otter and her pup in Monterey Bay, California; photo credits Suzi Eszterhas/Minden Pictures Sea Otter vs River Otters Before we get started, what is the difference between sea otters and river otters? Well, let’s start with size: sea otters are MUCH larger than river otters.…

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Sea Otters – August 2021

This month we crack into the life of sea otters as our “Whale of the Month.” Though they have a charming disposition, looks are deceiving for these feisty creatures! Sea Otter and her pup in Monterey Bay, California; photo credits Suzi Eszterhas/Minden Pictures Sea Otter vs River Otters Before we get started, what is the difference between sea otters and river otters? Well, let’s start with size: sea otters are MUCH larger than river otters.…

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I’m Presenting at Geek Week 2021

The Pet Professional Guild's Geek Week 2021 is an online educational event with internationally renowned speakers--and I'm excited to be one of them!By Zazie Todd PhDI’m delighted to share with you that I’m going to be presenting at this year's Geek Week, taking place on November 13-17.Geek Week is a virtual educational event hosted by the Pet Professional Guild and its partners. It’s aimed at pet professionals – as well as anyone with a wider…

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ISBT In Focus 2021

ISBT In Focus 2021 Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Tuesday, August 03, 2021 Dr. Geraldine Walsh “ISBT In Focus”, which took place virtually in June 2021, offered themed sessions in two time-zones to ensure as many delegates as possible could take part, and used state-of-the-art lectures and interactive sessions. I chatted to two Canadian Blood Services delegates who attended the congress: senior scientist, Dr. Sandra Ramirez-Arcos, and postdoctoral fellow in Ramirez-Arcos’ laboratory, Dr. Sylvia Ighem Chi.…

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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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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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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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Un site remarquable sur la neuroanatomie, mais inévitablement limité

J’ai découvert récemment le site web « Functional Neuroanatomy » de l’University of British Columbia et je voudrais simplement partager cette ressource avec vous en ce milieu d’été où l’on a peut-être un peu plus de temps pour explorer un tel site. C’est qu’il y en a du matériel sur l’anatomie du cerveau sur ce site de vulgarisation scientifique très soigné et riche en contenu de toute sorte ! Sa plus grande qualité est peut-être d’utiliser de…

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Un site remarquable sur la neuroanatomie, mais inévitablement limité

J’ai découvert récemment le site web « Functional Neuroanatomy » de l’University of British Columbia et je voudrais simplement partager cette ressource avec vous en ce milieu d’été où l’on a peut-être un peu plus de temps pour explorer un tel site. C’est qu’il y en a du matériel sur l’anatomie du cerveau sur ce site de vulgarisation scientifique très soigné et riche en contenu de toute sorte ! Sa plus grande qualité est peut-être d’utiliser de…

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