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DNA testing at BC community pharmacies comes one step closer

March 22, 2017
Imagine if before taking a medication, you could walk into your local pharmacy and take a test that could accurately predict whether the medication would work for you and the dosage best suited to you—all based on your DNA.

Genome BC returns for another public talk to science enthusiasts in Cranbrook

March 9, 2017
Genome British Columbia is excited to be returning to the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook for another community focused public talk. The talk is part of Genome BC’s Bringing Genomics Home speaker series which aims to connect and encourage dialogue between academic researchers in the field of gen…

Climate change impacting freshwater fish populations

March 8, 2017
Climate change is posing a severe challenge to freshwater fish in Canada. Already record high temperatures in rivers and streams during the summer have forced temporary closures of popular fishing locations, and within the next 50 years more than 30 percent of habitat for cold-water fish like rainbo…

Planting tomorrow’s trees today: Climate change is threatening the health of Canada’s forests, but revolutionary genomics research will give foresters a way to push back

February 24, 2017
Traditional methods for reforestation use seeds from local tree populations. With the climate quickly changing, these local trees will be poorly adapted to new environments that not only have warmer temperatures, but also more disease pressures.

Genome BC and City of Vernon partner for urban stream health: Genomic-based water test offers new insights

February 22, 2017
The City of Vernon is partnering with Genome BC and the University of Victoria on an innovative research project to identify threats to the health of streams in the community. Urban streams are of significant community value and the water has a range of uses from recreational to agricultural.

Genome BC Bringing Education Outreach to Northern Vancouver Island Schools

February 20, 2017
Genome British Columbia (Genome BC) will be visiting secondary students and teachers from Chemainus to Port Hardy from Monday through Friday of this week as they bring their student outreach program to the area.

Genome BC Bringing Education Outreach to Southern Vancouver Island Schools

February 14, 2017
Genome British Columbia (Genome BC) will be visiting secondary students and teachers in Victoria and surrounding areas from Tuesday through Friday of this week as they bring their student outreach program to the area.

Combatting Invasive Alien Species: Groundbreaking research taking charge of intrusive pests and pathogens

February 1, 2017
Outbreaks of insects and plant pathogens are threatening Canada’s capacity to provide long-term fibre supply, which is vital to our annual $33-billion forest export industry: Canadian wood products could be rejected on the global market if severe outbreaks were to occur. These invasive alien species…

Genome BC invests in Augurex, a company transforming health management and outcomes for patients with autoimmune diseases affecting joints

January 25, 2017
Genome BC is pleased to announce its investment in Augurex Life Sciences Corp., through its Industry Innovation (I²) Program. Augurex is a biotechnology company transforming disease management and health outcomes for patients with autoimmune diseases affecting joints such as rheumatoid arthritis

Forest technology building better renewable resources

January 24, 2017
Spruce trees are Canada’s most significant forest resource because they grow in almost every region across the country and are the largest species by the number. Spruce trees also produce high quality wood and fibre that is widely used in the industry. With roughly 400 million seedlings planted per …

BC scientists searching for genomics solutions to clean up oil sand process water

January 23, 2017
Vancouver, BC — Bitumen, like its cousin conventional crude oil, is made up of organic compounds containing carbon and hydrogen. The main difference between the two is the ratio of carbon to hydrogen. Bitumen contains more carbon, in addition to impurities, such as nitrogen, sulphur and heavy metals…

Faster growth times for trees will lead to better economic outputs

January 10, 2017
Genome BC is supporting a $5.7 million research project co-lead by the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Dr. Yousry El-Kassaby that aims to shorten the time, by about 20 years, for tree-breeding cycles thus alleviating side effects from climate conditions and insects.
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