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Same gene can encode proteins with divergent functions

Research may help explain why humans have fewer genes than expected
Thu, 2016-02-11 12:07

It’s not unusual for siblings to seem more dissimilar than similar: one becoming a florist, for example, another becoming a flutist, and another becoming a physicist.

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Contact: Anne Doerr
Organization: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
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Office Phone: (617) 632-4090

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Contact: Cynthia Lee
Organization: Media Relations - McGill University
Office Phone: (514) 398-6754
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Corus buys Shaw Media

Thu, 2016-01-14 10:21

"Toronto-based Corus Entertainment is buying Shaw Media from Shaw Communications in a $2.65-billion deal. The move shuffles ownership of 19 specialty TV channels including Global, Food Network Canada, HGTV Canada, HISTORY, Slice, National Geographic Channel and Showcase between two companies that are controlled by the Shaw family. Corus also owns a network of radio stations and the Nelvana animation studio." (Source: CBC)

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Contact: Vincent Allaire
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Office Phone: 514-398-6693
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World's Most International Universities 2016

Thu, 2016-01-14 09:57

Times Higher Education World University Rankings data reveal the top 200 most outward-looking institutions. McGill University ranks 76, second in Canada after University of British Columbia at 40th.

Read full article: Times Higher Education, January 14, 2016

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North Korea Nuclear Test

Wed, 2016-01-06 14:46

"Hours after North Korea trumpeted the apparent "perfect success" of its first hydrogen bomb test, the United Nations Security Council fired back with a promise of new sanctions." (Site: CBC)

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Weather: El nino

Mon, 2015-12-21 10:30

As 2016 approaches, the ongoing El Nino shows no sign of relaxing its grip on the global climate. (Source: Al Jazeera)

John Gyakum, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

"The current El Nino, the strongest since 1997-98, is associated with recent unusually warm conditions in Ontario and Quebec."—John Gyakum

Professor or large scale and dynamic meteorology.

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Contact: Vincent Allaire
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US Interest Rates

Wed, 2015-12-16 12:38

The U.S. central bank began raising interest rates Dec. 16 from record lows, as it hiked its benchmark rate by a quarter of a percentage point. (Source: CBC)


Chris Ragan, Department of Economics

“Increases in the policy interest rate in the United States will reflect the data showing that the U.S.

Economy is really strengthening, after years of a sluggish recovery.

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Contact: Vincent Allaire
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Divorce: on the decline in sub-Saharan Africa

First systematic national-level analysis of divorce rates and trends in sub-Saharan Africa
Wed, 2015-12-16 09:47

With education, employment and income levels all rising for women in sub-Saharan Africa, many observers have speculated that divorce rates would follow suit – as they have in much of the developed world.  But a new study by McGill University researchers finds that divorce rates across 20 African countries over the past 20 years have remained stable or declined.

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Montreal blue collar workers suspended

Mon, 2015-12-14 11:12

"Nearly 2,400 Montreal blue collar workers including union leadership will face sanctions for leaving work to attend a union meeting last week after they were ordered to remain on the job. " (Source: CBC)

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Inside McGill Inside My Head

Fri, 2015-12-11 09:47

« La demande était pas mal corpo au début, » says Alain Farah with a laugh. He is anything but. Farah teaches in the department of French languages and literature at McGill. He’s also the author of a novel called Pourquoi Bologne that came out in French in 2013 and appeared in English in 2015 under the title Ravenscrag. The work tells a fractured, spinning kind of story about a writer called Alain Farah who works at McGill in 1962 and in 2012. In the novel, there are episodes, both in 1962 and 2012, where the character Alain Farah wanders around the McGill campus, clearly in bad shape.

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Outremont: zoning on new places of worship

Tue, 2015-12-08 14:59

"The borough of Outremont has overwhelmingly adopted a controversial bylaw banning new places of worship on Bernard and Laurier avenues." (Source: CBC)

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