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Genomic atlas of gene switches in plants

Canadian-led study will help scientists identify key genomic regions in canola, other food plants
Tue, 2013-07-02 12:32

What allows certain plants to survive freezing and thrive in the Canadian climate, while others are sensitive to the slightest drop in temperature? Those that flourish activate specific genes at just the right time -- but the way gene activation is controlled remains poorly understood.

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How the body aids and abets the spread of cancer

RI-MUHC researchers ID new mode of cancer progression
Tue, 2013-07-02 10:48

The very system that is meant to protect the body from invasion may be a traitor. These new findings of a study, led by investigators at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), reveal that infection-fighting white blood cells play a role in activating cancer cells and facilitating their spread to secondary tumours. This research, published today in the Journal of Clinical Investigatiohas significant implications for both the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

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McGill and RIKEN to establish joint research centre

Centre will serve as hub for all collaborations between McGill and pioneering Japanese research institute
Fri, 2013-06-28 09:35

News released yesterday about how using iron could make hydrogenation cheaper and greener is only one of many examples of collaborative research being conducted by teams that include researchers from McGill University and RIKEN, Japan’s largest comprehensive research institution.

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Making hydrogenation greener

Researchers discover way to use iron as catalyst for widely used chemical process, replacing heavy metals
Thu, 2013-06-27 15:02

Researchers from McGill University, RIKEN (The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, Wako, Japan) and the Institute for Molecular Science (Okazaki, Japan) have discovered a way to make the widely used chemical process of hydrogenation more environmentally friendly – and less expensive.

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Fighting one of the leading causes of death in Canada

New partnership between McGill and the Heart and Stroke Foundation will strengthen key research programs and advance the understanding, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease
Tue, 2013-06-25 11:02

Almost 70,000 Canadians die each year from heart disease and stroke – that’s one person every seven minutes. And despite impressive gains in research and treatment, cardiovascular disease still accounts for almost 30 per cent of all deaths every year in Canada.

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Donor generosity changes lives

Thanks to nearly 52,000 donors from Quebec and 44,000 others from around the world, McGill raises $1.026 billion to support students and research
Tue, 2013-06-18 09:30

Growing up in suburban Montreal, 2013 McGill graduate Martin Legault always had a passion for the environment. At McGill University’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, he put that passion into practice, gaining the scientific and practical skills to help address the world’s pressing food and water issues. But when it comes to understanding the complex social, cultural and environmental factors behind food scarcity, there was only so much he could learn in the classroom.

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Study points to role of nervous system in arthritis

Reducing levels of nerve-growth factor may be a key to developing better pain treatments
Thu, 2013-06-13 15:14

Arthritis is a debilitating disorder affecting one in 10 Canadians, with pain caused by inflammation and damage to joints.

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Study of oceans’ past raises worries about their future

Data from end of the last ice age illuminate the precarious nature of global ocean chemistry
Thu, 2013-06-13 15:11

The ocean the Titanic sailed through just over 100 years ago was very different from the one we swim in today. Global warming is increasing ocean temperatures and harming marine food webs. Nitrogen run-off from fertilizers is causing coastal dead zones. A McGill-led international research team has now completed the first global study of changes that occurred in a crucial component of ocean chemistry, the nitrogen cycle, at the end of the last ice age. The results of their study confirm that oceans are good at balancing the nitrogen cycle on a global scale. But the data also shows that it is a slow process that may take many centuries, or even millennia, raising worries about the effects of the scale and speed of current changes in the ocean.

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McGill Principal honoured by the University of Glasgow

Heather Munroe-Blum made Doctor of Letters at Commemoration Day ceremony
Wed, 2013-06-12 13:04

Professor Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, received today an honorary degree from the University of Glasgow, McGill founder James McGill’s alma mater. Principal Munroe-Blum was made a Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) at the University’s Commemoration Day ceremony, which celebrates the founding of the University of Glasgow in 1451.

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Chancellor Steinberg named to Order of Quebec

McGill Chancellor H. Arnold Steinberg will have something in common with Principal Heather Munroe-Blum following a Quebec City ceremony Thursday, when he will add an Ordre National du Québec lapel pin to the Order of Canada pin he already wears.
Mon, 2013-06-10 15:29
McGill Chancellor Arnold Steinberg at a Spring 2013 Convocation ceremony.

Steinberg said he’s very proud of being made an Officer of the Order and, as a life-long resident of Quebec, feels very honoured to be recognized by his province.

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