A Canadian-U.S, team of scientists is embarking on a $6M research project to assess how genetic factors are hampering the recovery of the endangered North Atlantic right whale. The landmark, four-year project is a collaboration of Genome Atlantic, Saint Mary’s University and the New England Aquarium. The team will also assess if and to what degree non-lethal encounters with vessels and fishing gear change the expression of genes in a way that lowers the long-term heath and reproduction of individuals. Recommendations based on project findings will be made to Fisheries and Ocean Canada and to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA) in the U.S. and could have implications for marine management policies, practices and conservation plans.
Nova Scotia’s low incidence of COVID-19 has endowed a short-term, province-wide wastewater surveillance project with the ability to act as an early warning system for clinical caseload surges.
Genome Atlantic is helping the newly formed Atlantic Tree Improvement Council, known as AtlanTIC, get up and running with an initial $6 million, five-year regional tree improvement program for long-term sustainability.
A large-scale $4.7 million project co-led by Genome Atlantic and Genome BC is tackling Complex Gill Disease (CGD), a growing health challenge for salmon farmers on both the east and west coasts of Canada.
New Atlantic Canada-based genomic research, announced for Dalhousie University and IWK Health, Oct. 26, and supported by Genome Atlantic, hopes to cut wait times for anxious families and pare the cost of diagnosing rare diseases in Canadian children.
Sea lice are a big problem for Canada’s salmon producers and cleaner-fish offer a natural solution. Genome Atlantic is partnering with Cold ocean Salmon and scientists at Memorial University on an $840,000 R&D project to sequence the genome of Lumpfish and Cunner in order to speed up selective breeding.