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Abuse alters genetics, McGill study shows

Suicide victims who suffered abuse as children - neglect, sexual, physical or emotional - show genetic changes in their brains, McGill researchers have reported.

Published: 7 May 2008

Rapid saliva test helps block HIV virus from mothers to children

Researchers at McGill have field-tested in India a rapid saliva test for HIV that was shown to be highly effective in preventing transmission of the virus from HIV-positive mothers to their children.

Published: 6 May 2008

Chemistry prof's tricks provide the ideal mix

Ariel Fenster uses public lectures, radio and television and a full-scale stage show to debunk and demystify everything from the chemistry of love to the pros and cons of plastics and vitamins and the economic and ethical debate over biofuels.

Published: 6 May 2008

Unravelling the link between genes and the environment

Research on epigenetics presented by McGill researchers at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

Published: 5 May 2008

To the land of Nod, automatically

Nicknamed "McSleepy" a new system developed by McGill researchers administers drugs for general anesthesia and monitors their separate effects completely automatically, with no manual intervention.

Published: 2 May 2008

Study focuses on ovarian cancer

By the time a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, it's often too far advanced, says Dr. Lucy Gilbert, head of gynecological oncology at the McGill University Health Centre.

Published: 2 May 2008

'Evolutionary Applications'

Professor Graham Bell from McGill University and Dr. Sinéad Collins from University of Edinburgh, co-author the journal "Evolutionary Applications" inaugural article "Adaptation, extinction and global change."

Published: 1 May 2008

Campaign McGill reaches $400-million mark

Encouraging results reflect strong, worldwide support for the University

Published: 30 Apr 2008

McGill draws detailed breast cancer gene profile

McGill University researchers have drawn up one of the most detailed genetic profiles yet of breast cancer -- a discovery that raises hopes of tailoring better therapies for each patient.

Published: 28 Apr 2008

Quebec's tuition a double-edged sword

Konrad Yakabuski in the Quebec Report of the Globe's Report on Business, looks at Quebec's low tuition as being a double-edged sword, for McGill in particular.

Published: 24 Apr 2008

Eco-minds at work

McGill researchers are drawing attention to what they call "ecosystem flips," a dramatic change in soil composition.

Published: 22 Apr 2008

Will the "nanotrain" pass by Quebec?

Nanotechnology has the potential to transform the 21st century as profoundly as the car and the personal computer did for the 20th century.

Published: 21 Apr 2008

The technology gap in the climate debate

A commentary in this week’s issue of the journal Nature adds to the chorus of economists, climate scientists and experts in energy policy saying that the major approaches to combating global warming are deeply flawed. The Nature commentary is by Roger A. Pielke, Jr., a political scientist at the University of Colorado, Thomas Wigley, a climatologist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and Christopher Green, an economist at McGill University. The scientists argue that the IPCC, the pre-eminent body engaged in crystal-ball gazing about future climates, has sent out the wrong signals about the need for new technology to curb emissions.

Published: 2 Apr 2008

Sweet little liars

Victoria Talwar and her team's research on children and lying was featured on an ABC Nightline segment. Talwar, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education, specializing in developmental psychology, says "It is a natural, normal behavior that children will occasionally tell lies."

Published: 2 Apr 2008

High rate of autism signs found in children born prematurely

About a quarter of babies born very prematurely had signs of autism on an early screening test, a study has found. The research is preliminary since formal autism testing wasn’t done. But the results are provocative, suggesting that tiny preemies may face greater risks of developing autism than previously thought. That suggests autism may be an under-appreciated consequence of medical advances enabling the tiniest of premature babies to survive, said lead author Catherine Limperopoulos, a researcher at McGill University and Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Published: 2 Apr 2008