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A devastating neurodegenerative disease that first appears in toddlers just as they are beginning to walk has been traced to defects in mitochondria, the ‘batteries’ or energy-producing power plants of cells.
In-vitro fertilization and genetic testing are increasingly used, including in Canada, by couples capable of conceiving naturally, to screen out not just catastrophic diseases but other ‘undesirable' conditions. Will the future see a genetic elite rise above the messy, natural masses, and is that so bad?
Tribal Nova and McGill develop interactive and participative reading method in conjunction with HarperCollins Publishers
Tribal Nova and the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University have combined their expertise in a research and development project that focuses on interactive and participative reading on the iPad, in conjunction with HarperCollins Publishers.
On pense avoir identifié des gènes responsables de l'insomnie. La nuit blanche est-elle davantage une tare innée ou plutôt un cumul de facteurs environnementaux sur lesquels on peut toujours avoir prise.
You're over the hill and — along with everything else — your memory is slipping. Your doctor gives you a pill and, suddenly, you can remember your high school locker combination. Science fiction? Maybe not.
Seul le temps sanctionne les grandes innovations. Mais toutes ont d'abord été de simples projets. Quel avenir nous préparent nos entreprises ? Une série en six parutions. A surveiller la dernière parution, la semaine prochaine: l'énergie.
Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun - Medical marijuana shows promise for pain, but scientists and doctors are divided on medicinal benefits of smoking the drug
Cheryl Campbell says she owes her ability to get through each day to a drug that critics condemn, especially when it's smoked - which is how most of the thou-sands of Canadians who self-medicate with pot prefer to take it.
(Op-ed by Margaret Somerville, founding director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University): Responding to the Royal Society of Canada's Expert Panel Report on End-of-Life Decision Making, which recommended the legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, a Gazette editorial called for "a national debate on life-and-death issues"
A rare genetic variant which causes reduced levels of vitamin D appears to be directly linked to multiple sclerosis, says an Oxford University study.
Connectivity is a hot topic in neuroscience these days. Instead of trying to figure out what individual brain regions do, researchers are focusing more on how regions work together as a network to enable memory, language, and decision-making. Now, a study of more than 100 children finds that interconnected brain regions develop in concert through childhood and adolescence.
Users of game designed by McGill researchers contributing to analysis of DNA sequences Thousands of video game players have helped advance our understanding of the genetic basis of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, over the past year. They are the users of a web-based video game developed by Dr. Jérôme Waldispuhl of McGill's School of Computer Science and collaborator Mathieu Blanchette.