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Vingt ans après le début du décodage de notre ADN, les brevets sur les gènes humains se sont multipliés. À travers le monde, des compagnies détiennent désormais des brevets sur 20 % de notre génome, soit plus de 4000 gènes.
It has been nearly a decade since the Human Genome Project deciphered the code that defines us, promising cures for present and future ailments. There was a general idea that once the genome was cracked, the mystery of life would be solved – that with access to our own genetic code, science would be able to provide us with medical repairs and point us to lifestyle choices to overcome “bad genes.”
Most of us believe we are rational decision makers. But medical decisions are especially complex, thanks to the numerous unknowns and the uniqueness of each person’s body.
The largest gift towards ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) research and patient care in Quebec will help to significantly advance understanding of this devastating disease and facilitate the development of treatments and therapies.
New York Times, Globe and Mail, et al. - Canada's posthumous Nobel Prize winner always did things his own way
Ralph Steinman, the Montreal-born immunologist who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine along with two other scientists on Monday, died on Friday of pancreatic cancer - never having learned that he would be awarded science's top honour. He was 68.
Canadian researchers are trying to stamp out once and for all the skepticism faced by many who suffer severe, persistent pain. The revolution in research Canadians are helping to lead is aimed at showing just how real pain is.
Pour la juriste Maria Bartha Knoppers, touche-à-tout qui a sauté d'un domaine à un autre, traversé et intégré différentes sphères de recherche dans ses travaux, le prix Jacques-Rousseau que lui remet l'Acfas constitue «une reconnaissance que la multidisciplinarité est arrivée au Québec».
Une fois l'an, les universitaires des établissements québécois voient leur mérite reconnu par leurs pairs. En rafale, les voici donc nommés.