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Adapting to climate change

Wed, 2007-04-04 09:00

"Canada is finally recognizing that despite even the most aggressive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, some climate change will continue to occur and we need to plan to adapt." James Ford, post-doctoral fellow in the geography department at McGill, is co-author in this letter to the Toronto Star on how Canada must prepare now for extreme temperatures in summer, increased storm activity, flooding and ice storms.

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Researchers identify gene for spina bifida

Thu, 2007-04-05 09:00

Researchers at McGill have identified a gene that causes the developmental disorder spina bifida, the second most prevalent birth defect after cardiac abnormalities. The discovery is expected to aid in the diagnosis of the condition, which in its most severe form can lead to crippling disabilities. "We've known for years that there's a genetic component, and now we've discovered one of the culprits," said Philippe Gros, the biochemistry professor who led the team in co-operation with researchers at the Instituto Giannina Gaslini in Genoa, Italy.

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McGill-led team identifies spina bifida gene

Thu, 2007-04-05 09:00

Groundbreaking research can make diagnosis easier

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Preparing for a pandemic

Thu, 2007-04-05 12:00

CIHR to fund McGill research on infection patterns, health-care worker angles

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McGill study: Genetic switch can control memory

Thu, 2007-04-05 12:00

Finding could lead to better Alzheimer’s drugs

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Contact: Michael Bourguignon
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Genetic mutation boosts memory

Thu, 2007-04-05 12:00

Canadian researchers have discovered a gene mutation that actually improves long-term memory and could eventually lead to a memory-enhancing pill. Working with mice, lead researcher Mauro Costa-Mattioli, a postgraduate fellow at McGill, and colleagues found that rodents that had a defective version of a gene that produces a memory-blocking protein could learn and remember tasks faster than normal mice.

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McGill-led team provides new clue to family risk for breast cancer

Tue, 2007-04-10 10:00

Discovery could help target drugs to carriers of mutant gene

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Contact: Lisa Van Dusen
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Rapid oral HIV test shows great promise, according to MUHC-led research

Wed, 2007-04-11 12:00

A convenient, easy to use, and rapid alternative to blood-based HIV testing may become the new standard for field testing, according to a new MUHC study.

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Ishmael Beah, Roméo Dallaire, reveal war’s brutalities

Wed, 2007-04-11 12:00

McGill welcomes "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" author Ishmael Beah, with an introduction by Sen. Roméo Dallaire

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Chicken à la King?

Fri, 2007-04-13 09:00

A 68-million-year-old T-Rex thigh bone find ties the King of Dinosaurs to modern-day species, with its soft tissue most closely matching that of chickens. "I'd call it a milestone," says paleontologist Hans Larsson of McGill. "Dinosaurs will enter the field of molecular biology and really slingshot paleontology into the modern world."

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