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International Human Epigenome Consortium studies mark major step forward for epigenetics research

McGill scientists contribute to collection of publications in high-impact journals
Thu, 2016-11-17 12:25

One of the great mysteries in biology is how the many different cell types that make up our bodies are derived from a single cell and from one DNA sequence, or genome. We have learned a lot from studying the human genome, but have only partially unveiled the processes underlying cell determination. The identity of each cell type is largely defined by an instructive layer of molecular annotations on top of the genome – the epigenome – which acts as a blueprint unique to each cell type and developmental stage.

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Contact: Tony Kwan
Organization: McGill Epigenomics Mapping Centre
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Contact: Chris Chipello
Organization: Media Relations Office
Office Phone: 514-398-4201
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Medication against schizophrenia inhibits pancreatic cancer

Study in mice shows slowing of tumor growth and spread
Wed, 2016-09-07 09:14

A receptor for the dopamine neurotransmitter promotes growth and spread of pancreatic cancer -- and schizophrenia drugs, which block the function of this receptor, slowed tumor growth and metastatic spread in mice, according to researchers at McGill University and the German Cancer Research Center.

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Contact: Yasser Riazalhosseini
Organization: Dept of Human Genetics
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Contact: Chris Chipello
Organization: Media Relations Office
Office Phone: 514-398-4201
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Great performance of Québec researchers at last GAPP

Tue, 2016-07-12 11:16

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Génome Québec is happy to report that Québec has achieved excellent results in the 5th cycle of the Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP).

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The father effect

Thu, 2015-10-08 14:11

Discovery of how environmental memories may be transmitted from a man to his grandchildren

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Contact: Sarah Kimmins
Organization: Dept. of Animal Science
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Contact: Katherine Gombay
Organization: Media Relations Office
Office Phone: 514-398-2189
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Almost $10 million for salmonella research

Genomic research to identify Salmonella strains that cause human disease
Tue, 2015-07-21 16:24

Poultry used to be the usual suspect in cases of Salmonella poisoning. Today, however, most outbreaks of the illness come from fruit and vegetables that have become infected when the soil in which they grow is polluted by animal waste or non-potable water. There currently is no method of reducing the growth of Salmonella on such produce.

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Contact: Lawrence Goodridge
Organization: Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry
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Contact: Katherine Gombay
Organization: McGill University Media Relations Office
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Epigenetic study tabs genes linked to allergies, asthma

Findings could provide targets for drugs to treat these conditions
Wed, 2015-02-18 17:46

Researchers from Canada, the UK, Sweden and the US have discovered more than 30 genes that strongly affect an antibody involved in allergies and asthma. Some of the genes could provide targets for drugs to treat those conditions, according to the international team’s study, published online in Nature on Feb. 18.

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Contact: Chris Chipello
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Office Phone: 514-398-4201
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Light shed on genetic architecture of kidney cancer

Research reveals link between renal cell carcinoma and exposure to aristolochic acid
Wed, 2014-10-29 09:53

A new study on a large cohort of kidney cancer patients in Europe sheds light on the genetic architecture of the disease -- and reveals an apparent link between exposure to aristolochic acid and incidence of kidney cancer, particularly in Romania.

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Contact: Prof. Yasser Riazalhosseini
Organization: McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre
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Contact: Chris Chipello
Organization: Media Relations Office
Office Phone: 514-398-4201
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Genome Canada: Quebec Wins Big

Wed, 2013-05-01 13:39

Researchers from Quebec are big winners in a contest organized by Genome Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) after having been awarded 60% of the federal funds granted during this Canada-wide competition aimed at selecting the best genomics and personalized health research projects.

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Innovative pediatrics project in personalized health

McGill and the RI MUHC awarded grant as part of major investment in genomics research in Quebec
Tue, 2013-04-16 15:33

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Contact: Julie Fortier
Organization: Media Relations Office
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Office Phone: 514-398-6751

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Contact: Julie Robert
Organization: McGill University Health Centre
Office Phone: 514-934-1934, ext. 71381
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