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Wed, 2015-03-11 12:24

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Honey, I shrunk the ants: how environment controls size

Ground breaking epigenetics research has implications for everything from cancer to farming
Wed, 2015-03-11 07:05
McGill scientist shrink ants

Until now scientists have believed that the variations in traits such as our height, skin colour, tendency to gain weight or not, intelligence, tendency to develop certain diseases, etc., all of them traits that exist along a continuum, were a result of both genetic and environmental factors. But they didn’t know how exactly these things worked together. By studying ants, McGill researchers have identified a key mechanism by which environmental (or epigenetic) factors influence the expression of all of these traits, (along with many more).  

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Contact: Ehab Abouheif
Organization: Dept. of Biology
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Contact: Katherine Gombay
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Brain development controlled by epigenetic factor

Research into hippocampus has implications for learning and memory
Tue, 2015-03-10 15:30

McGill researchers have discovered, for the first time, the importance of a key epigenetic regulator in the development of the hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with learning, memory and neural stem cells. Epigenetic regulators change the way specific genes function without altering their DNA sequence. By working with mutant mice as models, the research team, led by Prof. Xiang-Jiao Yang, of McGill’s Goodman Cancer Center & Department of Medicine, McGill University Health Center, was able to link the importance of a specific epigenetic regulator known as BRPF1 to the healthy development of a region in the hippocampus called the dentate gyrus.

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Contact: Xian-Jiao Yang
Organization: Cancer Goodman Centre
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Contact: Katherine Gombay
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$ 41 million to unlock the mysteries of aging

Two Quebec universities play a key role in pan-Canadian study
Mon, 2015-03-09 07:06

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Contact: Julie Robert
Organization: Affaires publiques & Planification stratégique, Centre universitaire de santé McGill
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Office Phone: 514 934-1934, poste 71381

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Contact: Jean-François Duval
Organization: Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé, Université de Sherbrooke
Office Phone: 819 821-8000, poste 72581
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The science of beaks

Fri, 2015-03-06 15:03

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Popular antioxidant likely ineffective, study finds

Research with mice undercuts widely held belief that ubiquinone protects cells against damage from free radicals
Fri, 2015-03-06 09:56

The popular dietary supplement ubiquinone, also known as Coenzyme Q10, is widely believed to function as an antioxidant, protecting cells against damage from free radicals. But a new study by scientists at McGill University finds that ubiquinone is not a crucial antioxidant -- and that consuming it is unlikely to provide any benefit.

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Contact: Cynthia Lee
Organization: Media Relations Office
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Office Phone: 514-398-6754

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Contact: Prof. Siegfried Hekimi
Organization: Department of Biology
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$1 million for two McGill projects

Projects receive funding for internships and scholarships for Canadian and Commonwealth students
Mon, 2015-03-02 14:02

Two McGill University projects have received grants valued at $500,000 each from the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program.

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Contact: Chris Chipello
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Office Phone: 514.398.4201
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McGill congratulates new Minister of Education

Fri, 2015-02-27 11:45

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Contact: Carole Graveline
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Office Phone: 514 398-1385
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