A new understanding of human origins in Africa

Published: 17 May 2023

There is broad agreement that Homo sapiens originated in Africa. But there remain many uncertainties and competing theories about where, when, and how.

What crocodile DNA reveals about the Ice Age

Published: 25 January 2023

What drives crocodile evolution? Is climate a major factor or changes in sea levels? Determined to find answers to these questions, researchers from McGill University discovered that while changing...

Using DNA strands to design new polymer materials

Published: 19 December 2017

McGill University researchers have chemically imprinted polymer particles with DNA strands – a technique that could lead to new materials for applications ranging from biomedicine to the promising...

A better way to build DNA scaffolds

Published: 6 May 2015

Imagine taking strands of DNA – the material in our cells that determines how we look and function – and using it to build tiny structures that can deliver drugs to targets within the body or take...

Genomic atlas of gene switches in plants

Published: 2 July 2013

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...

HIV target shows surprising resistance

Published: 8 April 2016

By Tod Hoffman, Lady Davis Institute  Research reveals that even a tiny mutation can allow the HIV virus to become resistant to therapies using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing platform

The father effect

Published: 8 October 2015

Discovery of how environmental memories may be transmitted from a man to his grandchildren

Understanding the effects of genes on human traits

Published: 1 August 2013

Recent technological developments in genomics have revealed a large number of genetic influences on common complex diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, cancer or schizophrenia. However, discovering...

A ‘printing press’ for nanoparticles

Published: 7 January 2016

Gold nanoparticles have unusual optical, electronic and chemical properties, which scientists are seeking to put to use in a range of new technologies, from nanoelectronics to cancer treatments.

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