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Found in 20% of people of African descent: MUHC describes gene that shuts down immune system

Caspase-12 is a molecule with a death wish. Found only in people of African descent, this protein shuts down our body's immune system, opening the door to potentially lethal infections.

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Published on : 19 Apr 2006

MUHC researcher links self-defeating gene to lethal infections

Caspase-12 is a molecule with a death wish. Found only in people of African descent, this protein shuts down our body's immune system, opening the door to potentially lethal infections.

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Published on : 19 Apr 2006

Science and socializing

Think all science types are too immersed in their books to enjoy a little socializing? Guess again. The third annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Research Symposium drew friendly brainiacs from both sides of the border.

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Published on : 13 Apr 2006

Flu beyond the coop

It seems like just yesterday that the threat of an avian flu pandemic had people the world over running around like a chicken with its head... well, you know the rest. So have we dodged the bullet or are we still in the crosshairs? McGill experts weigh in.

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Published on : 13 Apr 2006

Suds study

A new study finds that beer drinkers are more at risk of developing lung cancer than their non-beer-drinking peers, while wine consumption has an opposite effect. The study was led by Andrea Benedetti, from the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill.

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Published on : 05 Apr 2006

Orchestrating emotion

Five Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians and about 50 audience members will be part of a novel scientific experiment measuring music's emotional effect. The experiment will be "conducted" by McGill's Daniel Levitin and Stephen McAdams.

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Published on : 05 Apr 2006

Spring into funding

McGill researchers land a whopping $3.5 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The wide range of disciplines, from microbiology to library studies, reflects the breadth of McGill research.

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Published on : 30 Mar 2006

Guthrie awarded $100,000 Killam Prize

How does a love of Horatio Hornblower and a shattered kneecap result in winning Canada's most prestigious award for career achievement in research? Just ask Roderick Guthrie, director of the McGill Metals Processing Centre. We did.

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Published on : 30 Mar 2006

McGill headliners: From love darts to mea culpas

Look at us McGillians stealing the spotlight again - cancer-curing coral, gay seniors, love-struck snails and - argh - a missed primetime opportunity.

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Published on : 30 Mar 2006

Rethink your green appeal

You know environmentalism is scoring high on the Trend-o-Meter when SUVs start running green. Hey, saving the planet never goes out of style - just ask the folks in attendance at the annual Rethink conference.

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Published on : 30 Mar 2006

Depression drugs may fight cancer

Jean-Paul Collet's groundbreaking research suggests that commonly prescribed antidepressants may protect against colorectal cancer.

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Published on : 30 Mar 2006

Brain development rate linked to intelligence

The brains of highly intelligent children appear to develop in a distinctive and surprising way that distinguishes them from less intelligent children, according to a study from the National Institute of Mental Health. Drs. Jason Lerch and Alan Evans of McGill's MNI provided analysis of data with the help of a unique database.

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Published on : 30 Mar 2006

MUHC researchers achieve success in CIHR research awards

Nineteen scientists from the Research Institute of the MUHC received operating grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in their most recent competition.

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Published on : 29 Mar 2006

How do high-folate diets protect against heart disease?

In a new study published in this month's issue of the scientific journal Circulation Research, MUHC investigators shed light on the mysterious connection between folate and heart disease.

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Published on : 27 Mar 2006