Winning science research writers announced

Winning science research writers announced Transplantation Organs and Tissues Plasma Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Friday, April 05, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh To give our research trainees an opportunity to showcase their research, while honing their writing skills, Canadian Blood Services teamed-up with Science Borealis and the Centre for Blood Research, to launch our first-ever Lay Science Writing Competition. “It’s important for researchers to be able to explain what they do in an engaging and understandable…

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Companion Animal Psychology Book Club April 2019

"A firsthand exploration of the fascinating world of “working dogs”—who seek out missing persons, sniff for explosives in war zones, and locate long-dead remains..."The Companion Animal Psychology Book Club choice for this month is What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World by Cat Warren.From the back cover,"Cat Warren is a university professor and former journalist with an admittedly odd hobby: She and her German shepherd have spent the…

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Do Diet Drinks Help with Weight Loss ?

Intuitively the answer should be yes. Soft drinks contain sugar and substituting the sugar for a zero calorie sweeteners should theoretically make you lose weight. But the evidence is not that clear that artificial sweeteners help you lose weight. A recent BMJ meta-analysis reviewed the evidence and while the overall study was negative, there were some interesting points to be drawn from the data. Read the full story here: https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/christopher-labos-do-diet...

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How manmade liver pieces could help patients with cystic fibrosis

Molecular structure of the CFTR ion channel with circles marking positions of some disease-causing mutations (from Zhang and Chen, 2016). As the most common genetic disorder, cystic fibrosis (CF) has been at the forefront of genetic research since the gene responsible for it was discovered 40 years ago. But with more than 300 known disease-causing mutations, or variants of the CF gene, disease severity and treatment options can vary a great deal from one patient…

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Which Dog Lives the Longest? Smaller Dogs Have Longer Lives

Being mixed breed versus purebred, spay/neuter status, and regular dental cleanings at the vet, are also linked to lifespan.Body size is the most important variable in predicting life span, but mixed breed dogs live longer than purebreds. Photo: Lunja/ShutterstockA study of over 2 million dogs attending veterinary clinics in the US answers some recurring questions about lifespan and dogs. The research, by Dr. Silvan Urfer (University of Washington) et al., analysed data from over 169,000…

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Le cerveau à tous les niveaux archivé et la télésérie « Au coeur du cerveau »

Depuis 2012, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) a un programme de collecte de sites Web, qui lui permet d’effectuer une copie de site web pour des fins de recherche historique. J’ai été bien content d’apprendre que Le cerveau à tous les niveaux vient d’être archivé dans ce cadre. En fait, le site et le blogue seront vraisemblablement collectés sur une base mensuelle pour rester relativement à jour par rapport aux billets de blogue…

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Companion Animal Psychology Turns Seven

Celebrating seven years of blogging about science and pets here at Companion Animal Psychology.Today is exactly seven years since I started Companion Animal Psychology with the aim of finding out what science tells us about how to have happy dogs and cats.In this time, I’ve been writing evidence-based articles about how best to care for our cats and dogs, and about new scientific research papers that are relevant to the everyday lives of people and…

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Obesity Panacea is Moving to ObesityPanacea.com

After more than 9 years at PLOS.org, Obesity Panacea is moving.  We would like to take this time to thank PLOS for hosting us during these years, and for being supportive of science blogging and science communication in general.  Obesity Panacea will be moving back to our original home at ObesityPanacea.com.  All of our PLOS posts have already been moved there, where you can read our full archive. If you subscribe to Obesity Panacea via…

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Raman spectroscopy for monitoring therapeutic cell manufacturing – Part 2

In this month’s installment of the “Bioprocess and Bioanalytics” blog, we get part II from Drs. Robin Turner and James Piret on Raman spectroscopy and how this method can be utilized to tell us new information about cell therapy products. Both are Professors in the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Robin Turner has a cross appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Dr. James Piret is in…

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50 ways to learn more about Centre for Innovation supported research

50 ways to learn more about Centre for Innovation supported research Blood Thursday, March 28, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Nothing in science has any value to society if it is not communicated —Anne Roe, The Making of a Scientist (1953) Much of the work supported by the Centre for Innovation is published as articles in scientific and medical journals. These journal articles are designed to be read and understood by other experts, so it can be challenging…

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