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Animals, Health, International, Science and Technology

How study of a rare rat genome may relate to humans

The study involves an obscure little rodent living in the deserts of Argentina. Though obscure, the rat is unique in the world. It seems to be the only mammal that has undergone a huge genome expansion resulting in a larger genome» 

Health, International, Science and Technology

Potentially huge breakthrough in treating infections

Canadian researchers have made what holds promise as an enormous advance in fighting infections. Teams in Toronto (Sick Kids Hospital/U of T)  and Montreal combined their skills to develop a way to break through microbial defences, their “biofilm” which has» 

Health, International, Science and Technology

Early detection of possible dementia: simply walking and talking at the same time.

It’s a simple test, but it turns out that it’s also a fairly effective one. Patients with mild-cognitive disorder are being asked to walk a short distance while performing a very simple mental task such as naming various animals. Dr.» 

Animals, Environment, International, Lifestyle, Politics, Science and Technology, Society

Vancouver Parks bans cetaceans at aquarium

It has been a contentious issue for several years at marine parks around the world.  Protesters have long been saying, whales and porpoises should not be kept in the small pools of such parks, and not be used for entertainment.» 

Economy, Education, Health, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

Grocery shopping: How do you make your choices?

How do food shoppers make their choices…that’s the question being studied at the University of Guelph. A special type of lab to study the question has been created, in fact, it’s unique..possibly in the world. Michael von Massow is a» 

Health, Science and Technology

Government to fund research on brain diseases, disorders

Neurological conditions affect an estimated 2.3 million Canadians and the government will spend millions on brain research to try to help. Among the disorders and diseases are depression, stroke, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, autism and Parkinson’s. Canada has the highest rate» 

Education, Health, International, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

Sudden death of world-renowned AIDS/HIV researcher

The world of medical research is mourning the sudden and unexpected loss of of Dr Mark Wainberg. Wainberg, aged 71, died while swimming on vacation in Florida.   While no cause has been confirmed, he had been swimming in rough water» 

Education, International, Science and Technology

Canadian research leads to new discovery in head and neck cancers

It’s technically complicated but a research team doing a secondary examination of previous research discovered an important factor in cancer development. Cancer research is often focused on genetic mutation, but this new research looked instead at the process affecting how» 

Animals, Education, Environment, Indigenous, Science and Technology

Video: Gathering science in the Arctic

Earlier this month, Eye on the Arctic launched Part 1 of our documentary series Is climate change making the muskoxen sick on Victoria Island?, looking at how climate change is affecting the health of muskoxen in Canada’s Arctic islands and the» 

Health, Science and Technology, Society

Lab tests boots to prevent falls on snow and ice

In the province of Ontario alone, every year an estimated 21,000 people go to hospital emergency rooms after falling on ice or snow, and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute is working to try to reduce that number. Nasty, sometimes fatal accidents»