After climate change, global genetic diversity could become the next great concern of humanity, claims biologist Michel Loreau, Canada Research Chair in Theoretical Ecology at McGill. Prof. Loreau, through the international organization Diversitas, documents the harmful effects of the erosion of the biogenetic resources on earth and advocates political action.
Neuroscientists have found that a cardboard cutout of the ubiquitous Hilton Hotel heiress has a painkilling effect on mice. Jeffrey Mogil of McGill and his colleagues noticed that male mice showed signs of less pain when a scientist was present, so, to investigate whether it was the sight or smell of a human that caused the effect, the researchers acquired a promotional cardboard cutout of Hilton. Paris's effect appeared to be gender-specific. Male mice spent less time licking their wounds when fake Paris was in sight, but females showed no such effect. When the team put up a screen to block the rodents' view, the effect went away. The researchers reported at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
An international team of scientists has published a new analysis showing that as plant species around the world go extinct, natural habitats become less productive and contain fewer total plants -- a situation that could ultimately compromise important benefits that humans get from nature. "Our analyses provide the most comprehensive evidence yet that natural habitats with a greater variety of plant species are more productive," said co-author Michel Loreau of McGill.
"From Microscope to Stethoscope," the distinguished public lecture series organized by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), will continue tomorrow.
In the just-released annual Times Higher-QS World University Rankings, McGill vaults to 12th place--ahead of such perennial powerhouses as Duke, Johns Hopkins, Stanford and Cornell.
Laurette Dubé, professeure à la Faculté de gestion Desautels, et le Groupe de réflexion sur les défis de la santé ont décidé de combattre le feu par le feu.
Happy birthday to the artificial cell and the man who invented it as an undergraduate here at McGill, Dr. Thomas Chang.
Ethical debates, cosmic exploration and Paris Hilton as a science experiment. Really.
Desmond Morton, McGill's Hiram Mills Professor of History and a former member of the Canadian Army, looks at the significance of Remembrance Day.
He's 88 and has written more books and articles than most of us have written grocery lists. He was also jailed twice in his native Argentina. He's Mario Bunge, philosophy professor.