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N.L. readies to raise the bar in bench-to-bedside genomics

The new multimillion dollar Centre for Translational Genomics is operated by Eastern Health and housed, here, on the third floor of the new medical building of the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, St. John’s. Photo credit: MUN

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Dr. Xander Wang, Associate Professor, School of Climate Change and Adaptation, U.P.E.I., reveals how gene-sequencing data is being collected to identify spud varieties on the island that are both potato wart-resistant and climate change-resilient.
Breeders, represented by the P.E.I.-based Canadian Milking Shorthorn Society, are seizing the moment to elevate their dairy breed with genomic evaluations. The move will level the playing field for Milking Shorthorns with Canada’s five other established breeds of dairy cattle.
The pieces are coming together that could soon make Newfoundland and Labrador a leader in bench-to-bedside genomics, with the capacity to attract significant research and to change the lives of many Canadians and others with genetic-based disorders.
Accurate information about marine species biodiversity is critical to Atlantic Canada’s ocean economy. An emerging tool called environmental DNA (eDNA) is proving a valuable addition to the environmental tool kit.
The initiative was made possible through a new $124,530 Small-Scale Climate Change Fund (SSCCF) set up by Genome Atlantic, with support from Research Nova Scotia.
Two multi-million-dollar research and innovation projects, one to benefit Atlantic Canada’s salmon aquaculture industry and the other to aid the sustainability of the Maritimes’ forestry sector, were announced today by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne.
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