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HIV uses the immune system’s own tools to suppress it

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A Canadian research team at the IRCM in Montréal, led by molecular virologist Éric A. Cohen, PhD, made a significant discovery on how HIV escapes the body’s antiviral responses. The team uncovered how an HIV viral protein known as Vpu tricks the immune system by using its own regulatory process to evade the host’s first line of defence. This breakthrough was published yesterday in the scientific journal PLoS Pathogens and will be presented at the upcoming IAS 2015 conference in Vancouver. The findings pave the way for future HIV prevention or cure strategies.

Published: 15Jul2015

Big Data genomics researchers call for cloud support

Today in the journal Nature prominent researchers from Canada, Europe and the U.S. have made a powerful call to major funding agencies, asking them to commit to establishing a global genomic data commons in the cloud that could be easily accessed by authorized researchers worldwide.

Published: 9Jul2015

Could black phosphorus be the next silicon?

Schematic of the "puckered honeycomb" crystal structure of black phosphorus.

As scientists continue to hunt for a material that will make it possible to pack more transistors on a chip, new research from McGill University and Université de Montréal adds to evidence that black phosphorus could emerge as a strong candidate.

Published: 7Jul2015

Taking the pain out of office work

Office work will become much less of a pain in the neck if Julie Côté has her way. 

Published: 7Jul2015