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DNA signature found in ice storm babies

Tue, 2014-09-30 14:47

Prenatal maternal stress exposure to natural disasters predicts epigenetic profile of offspring

By Cynthia Lee

The number of days an expectant mother was deprived of electricity during Quebec’s Ice Storm (1998) predicts the epigenetic profile of her child, a new study finds.

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Reducing water scarcity possible by 2050

Thu, 2014-09-11 15:32

By Chris Chipello

Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year warned residents of Arizona and Nevada that they could face cuts in Colorado River water deliveries in 2016.

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Walking fish reveal how our ancestors evolved onto land

Thu, 2014-09-04 16:05

By Cynthia Lee

About 400 million years ago a group of fish began exploring land and evolved into tetrapods – today’s amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. But just how these ancient fish used their fishy bodies and fins in a terrestrial environment and what evolutionary processes were at play remain scientific mysteries.

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Speedier diagnosis of diseases such as cancer likely thanks to new DNA analysis technique

Tue, 2014-08-12 15:43

McGill researchers develop breakthrough technique for massive parallel genomic analysis of long DNA molecules

Researchers from McGill and the Génome Québec Innovation Centre have achieved a technical breakthrough that should result in speedier diagnosis of cancer and various pre-natal conditions.

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Life expectancy gap between blacks and whites in the U.S. varies considerably across states

Tue, 2014-08-05 09:35

First study to assess state-by-state progress finds greater progress in northeastern states compared to western states

By Cynthia Lee

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Global warming ‘pause’ since 1998 reflects natural fluctuation

Tue, 2014-07-22 14:50

Statistical analysis shows pattern consistent with pre-industrial temperature swings, study concludes

By Chris Chipello

Statistical analysis of average global temperatures between 1998 and 2013 shows that the slowdown in global warming during this period is consistent with natural variations in temperature, according to research by McGill physics professor Shaun Lovejoy.

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Radio-burst discovery deepens astrophysics mystery

Brief pulse detected by Arecibo telescope appears to come from far beyond our galaxy 

By Chris Chipello

The discovery of a split-second burst of radio waves by scientists using the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico provides important new evidence of mysterious pulses that appear to come from deep in outer space.

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Scientists find key piece in brain tumour puzzle

By Anita Kar

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University and McGill University Health Centre have shown that a member of the protein family known as SUMO (small ubiquitin-like modifier) is a key to why tumour cells multiply uncontrollably, especially in the case of glioblastoma. The SUMO family proteins modify other proteins and the SUMOylation of proteins are critical for many cellular processes. Identifying SUMO’s role in the cancer cell growth will lead to a new strategy for glioblastoma treatment.

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A breakthrough for organic reactions in water

Fri, 2014-07-04 10:00

By Chris Chipello

Green-chemistry researchers at McGill have discovered a way to use water as a solvent in one of the reactions most widely used to synthesize chemical products and pharmaceuticals.

The findings, published June 26 in Nature Communications, mark a potential milestone in efforts to develop organic reactions in water.

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A tiny molecule may help battle depression

Researchers find a small molecule that predicts treatment response for depressed patients

By Cynthia Lee

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