Highlights / dna

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Corporate control of marine biodiversity

(Skype interview at bottom) A recent study revealed a surprising fact: corporations control a large percentage of patents associated with genomes from marine organisms. An international study involving researchers from the University of British Columbia and the Stockholm Resilience Centre» 

Health, Politics

The importance of the genetic non-discrimination act

Protecting your right to your genetic information In 2017 Canada passed the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act, to protect people from being discriminated against over revelations of their genetic information from lab testing and any possible anomalies or mutations. Such discrimination could be» 

Indigenous, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

New fascinating chapter to Newfoundland ancient history

New DNA testing dispels belief of genetic connection between ancient peoples It was a tragic chapter in Canadian history. An ancient aboriginal people, the Beothuk had lived on the huge island of Newfoundland for about 1,000 years. They disappeared however,» 

Environment, Health, International, Internet, 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» 

Internet, Science and Technology

New DNA suggests deadly smallpox was not ancient

It was thought that the virulent disease smallpox has been around for millennia, but new research suggests it was much more recent. A team of researchers led by scientists at McMaster University have found what they believe to be the» 

Economy, Environment, Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Ethical issues of genetic manipulation of life, including humans

The ability to manipulate genetic information is not particularly new, at least in the scientific world.  However, a new technology and technique known as CRISPR-Cas9, has completely revolutionized that ability. It is a dramatically simpler, faster, and more accurate way» 

Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Scientific community concern over genetic manipulation

Scientists are always trying to push the boundaries of knowledge, but now some are calling for a pause in a specific area of research. The ability to now “edit” the human genome,  or “genetic engineering” has the potential for great» 

Health, International

New epigenome map will help disease research for years to come.

A massive mapping project to understand human epigenomes has been created. These are the “directors” that provide instructions to genes on how and when to function in protein and cell creation. Steven Jones PhD explains the significance of the development.» 

Environment, Health

Diesel exhaust: danger to DNA

In 2012 the  France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization said diesel engine exhaust fumes have a definite link to cancer and belong in the same potentially deadly category as asbestos, arsenic and» 

Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Canadian research hospital challenges human DNA patenting

A hospital diagnostic centre in Ottawa, Ontario, has launched a legal challenge in Canada which may allow greater research and diagnostic testing freedom into genetic diseases. Acting pro-bono for the hospital, a Toronto law firm has just filed papers in»