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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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Epigenetic study tabs genes linked to allergies, asthma

Findings could provide targets for drugs to treat these conditions
Wed, 2015-02-18 17:46

Researchers from Canada, the UK, Sweden and the US have discovered more than 30 genes that strongly affect an antibody involved in allergies and asthma. Some of the genes could provide targets for drugs to treat those conditions, according to the international team’s study, published online in Nature on Feb. 18.

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Contact: Chris Chipello
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Office Phone: 514-398-4201
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New funding to boost mental health research

Gift from the Irving Ludmer Family Foundation strengthens unique McGill/Neuro partnership with the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, the Jewish General Hospital
Tue, 2014-10-21 15:11

What if we could reduce rates of a wide range of devastating mental illnesses through early detection? Thanks to a significant gift of $2.9M from the Irving Ludmer Family Foundation to The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University (The Neuro), hope is on the horizon through the expansion of a major collaboration to understand why some children are vulnerable to conditions like autism, attention deficit disorder and social anxiety, and what can be done to prevent these disorders before they take hold. This collaboration will also explore brain disorders in the aging population, such as dementia, in an unprecedented investigation of mental health across the lifespan.

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DNA signature found in ice storm babies

Prenatal maternal stress exposure to natural disasters predicts epigenetic profile of offspring
Mon, 2014-09-29 13:34

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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Contact: Florence Meney
Organization: Douglas Mental Health University Institute
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Office Phone: T. 514-761-6131, ext. 2769

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Contact: Cynthia Lee
Organization: Media Relations Office, McGill University
Office Phone: 514 398-6754
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McGill discovery should save wheat farmers millions

Epigenetic factors identified as key to preventing loss of wheat caused by rain and high humidity (and should lead to better beer)
Wed, 2013-10-09 19:21

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Contact: Katherine Gombay
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Office Phone: 514 398-2189
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Key funding for ground-breaking epigenetics research

The Government of Canada and Génome Québec awards funding for researchers at the Innovation Centre.
Mon, 2012-10-22 11:50

The McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre will receive generous support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Génome Québec to continue its trailblazing research in the field of epigenetics. The support announced today by the funding partners will go toward examining how environmental factors can alter the expression of our DNA and have life-long effects on human health.

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

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Contact: Éva Kammer
Organization: Advisor, Public Relations, Génome Québec
Office Phone: 514-519-6910
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