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Tiny but mighty: Research Explores How Microbes Can Support Water Treatment in Mining

September 19, 2017
In a partnership with Dr. Sue Baldwin at the University of British Columbia, and with funding from Genome BC, Teck Resources Limited (Teck) is exploring how to optimize the use of microbes in water treatment to reduce selenium.

BC’s hot springs could be key player in new biomaterials

September 12, 2017
BC’s forest products industry faces major challenges due to global competition and the decline in demand for traditional products such as newsprint. At the same time, there is increasing demand across the entire economy for environmentally-sustainable biomaterials.

Building capacity for improved public health delivery

September 6, 2017
Genome BC has invested approximately $850,000 towards two projects that successfully illustrate the application of precision health in our Province’s public healthcare system.

Students take a deep dive into science at Summer Science Program

August 21, 2017
North Vancouver—High school students from across the lower mainland will come together this week to participate in Genome BC’s Geneskool Summer Science Program for Teens at Capilano University in North Vancouver. This one week program offers students the opportunity to experience molecular biology t…

Innovation and robotics will speed up tumour analysis

August 17, 2017
Vancouver, BC — Genome BC is investing in a cancer research project that aims to speed up genetic tests of tumours through the development of a robotics system. Genomic testing of cancerous tumours enables better, more informed treatment for many of BC’s cancer patients. Analysis of a patient’s tu…

Cannabis traits unlocked for better regulation

August 16, 2017
Vancouver, BC — Medical cannabis production is one of the fastest growing agri-biotech industries in BC, a province which is home to over 20% of Canada’s licensed producers of medical cannabis. The federal Cannabis Act, which is currently before parliament, will legalize the non-medical use of canna…

BC research improves ability to detect virus in fruit crops

August 15, 2017
Vancouver, BC — High quality tree fruit production requires plants to be free of harmful pests and diseases: early detection of viruses in domestic crops and trees is critical. If plants are deemed infected they will be rejected on the export market which has serious knock-on effects to the local ec…

Working together with Indigenous Peoples to enhance equity and access in precision health

August 14, 2017
Genomic tests may not be equally effective for all ethnic groups, including BC’s Indigenous Peoples. This is because genomic test results are compared to anonymous reference databases of thousands of genomic variants seen in healthy people. But the frequency of these variants is not the same in al…

BC research helping to characterize salmon’s ability to adapt to climate change

July 26, 2017
Vancouver, BC — Wild Chinook salmon play a significant role in commercial, recreational and First Nations harvests. These harvests, however, have been decreasing due to warming waters and shifting population ranges- both results of climate change. Since the 1990s, declines in Pacific salmon populati…

New genomics project aims to prevent adverse drug reactions in children

July 25, 2017
Vancouver, BC —The use of medication in modern medicine has revolutionized healthcare and made a significant impact on patient longevity and quality of life. Unfortunately, many medications can also cause unintended side effects – also known as adverse drug reactions (ADRs).

Science World’s Renovated BodyWorks Gallery Opens June 30

June 28, 2017
BodyWorks—Science World’s amazing gallery that explores and celebrates the human body—is reopening June 30, 2017.

Publication of sunflower genome in Nature will accelerate global research and breeding programs

May 23, 2017
Vancouver, BC – Cultivated sunflowers are one of the five largest oilseed crops in the world and until now sunflower is the last of these crops to have its genome fully sequenced. This genome represents a cornerstone of future work to improve genetic diversity and utilize the sunflower’s stress resi…

Genome BC adds support to important study targeting premature cardiac events

May 15, 2017
Vancouver, BC — Researchers investigating genetically predisposed or at-risk individuals and their families affected by early onset cardiovascular disease (CVD), have received an additional $400K in funding from Genome BC and the Providence Health Care Research Institute (PCHRI) to continue this imp…

Combatting resistant strains of Hep C virus could improve effectiveness of therapy

May 3, 2017
Vancouver, BC — Nearly 1 in 150 Canadians are infected with Hepatitis C (HCV). British Columbia has an even higher average, affecting nearly 1 in every 50 residents. While antiviral drugs can lead to effective cures in more than 90% of patients, their efficacy is challenged by drug resistant strains…

eDNA offers ability to inform about presence or absence of species

April 5, 2017
The power of environmental DNA (eDNA) is just being tapped. Field surveys to determine if species are present or absent can be labour intensive, expensive and subject to uncertainties especially where species distribution is poorly understood or unknown. eDNA has the potential to become a tool for s…

New Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorders offers Earlier Diagnosis and Treatment Options

March 31, 2017
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are defined by significant challenges with communication, social reciprocity, and structured behaviour. ASDs are currently the most common childhood developmental disabilities with 1 in 68 individuals currently diagnosed with ASD.

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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