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A Win for Women in Science

In 1987, it was found that CRISPR/Cas9s could protect E.coli from infection by viruses. In 2012, one of the most pivotal tools in molecular research was born: The CRISPR/Cas9 Genetic Scissors. The female pair, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna discovered that the CRISPR/Cas9 mechanism, originally found in bacteria, could be transformed into a genetic tool, allowing for “cutting and pasting” of any type of DNA. What used to be tedious, time-consuming, and near-impossible work was now made easy. By using these genetic scissors, scientists can modify DNA with accuracy, leading to breakthroughs in disease research, new medical treatments, and even crop optimization for farmers. This inc

October 20th is World Osteoporosis Day!

Osteoporosis is a disease that slowly and silently weakens bones, often going undiagnosed and affecting more than 2 million Canadians. It’s caused by low bone mass and the weakening of bone, which can lead to increased risk of fracture. In fact, 80% of people who have had at least one osteoporotic fracture are neither identified nor treated for osteoporosis. At least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. In addition to consuming enough calcium, vitamin D, and protein, you can help prevent osteoporosis by engaging in regular weight bearing exercises. Don't let the name fool you -- these types of workouts aren't about pumping iron! The goal of the

Avoiding the “Twindemic”

Health experts are stressing the importance of getting the flu short this year to avoid the “twin pandemic” of influenza and COVID-19 circulating simultaneously and overwhelming the health system. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, for the 2019-2020 flu season Canada ordered 11.2 million doses of the vaccine and this year increased the number of doses ordered by 22% to 13.7 million, the most doses of the vaccine ever ordered by Canada. Last year, 40% of adults and 70% of seniors 65 years of age or older received the flu vaccine, and the Public Health Agency is hoping this year the number will be much higher. Depending on your area the flu vaccine will be available starting in m

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