Genetics

Developments on the Biology Underlying Schizophrenia

University of Toronto News | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from the University of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have helped identify more than 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia.

A Low-Carb Diet Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer

University of Toronto News | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that gut bacteria drive a common form of colon cancer, and that a low-carbohydrate diet can prevent the disease. The researchers found that microbes in the intestine convert carbohydrates into metabolites that spur cancer growth. A low-carbohydrate diet shut down this process and led to a 75 per cent reduction in cancer incidence.

How Being Adopted Affected My Medical History

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I was born in North Bay, Ontario, in 1968 as Dorothée Labrosse. I was placed for adoption immediately upon my birth, and two months later, was blessed with a wonderful life with my adoptive parents. Since recently being diagnosed with mental illnesses, a synopsis of my birth family's health could help in the treatment of my illnesses and potentially those of my children.

Save the Whales, But Don't Forget About the Bugs

David Suzuki | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

We focus on charismatic species like whales, pandas, cedar trees and seals as poster children for conservation. But the small things that keep the biosphere going for creatures like us are probably more threatened because we ignore them. If we spend time studying them, they have much to teach us.

Why the 30-Day Squat Challenge Won't Work For You

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 09.28.2013 | Canada
Kathleen Trotter

One of the most important things to remember when you are trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle is that your age, gender, activity level, nutritional habits, genetics, and fitness and health history will affect how you respond to exercise. No two individuals react to an exercise regime in the same way -- everyone's fitness and health journey will be unique.

How Science, Science Fiction and Progressive Politics are Connected

Justin Beach | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada
Justin Beach

I talk a lot on Twitter, Facebook and my blog about science, science fiction and progressive politics are regular topics. Some people who seem interes...

Stop Blaming Genetics For Your Weight

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Living
Dr Mike Hart

People don't like being held accountable for their actions and like to blame their problems on anyone but themselves. This is especially true when it comes to their weight and genetics. When you can blame genetics, you're no longer held accountable for your weight problems and you basically accept defeat.

Science Should Be About Curiosity, Not Profit

David Suzuki | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

The federal government recently announced a reorganization of the National Research Council to make it more "business-led" and industry-focused. Since then, many politicians have encouraged support for science that serves market interests. I believe we should support science because curiosity and the ability to ask and answer questions are part of what makes our species unique.

My Brave Little Toddler Does Disney

Vicki Murphy | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

You never really know what kind of youngster you've got until you test him out in the real world. Our recent trip to Orlando confirmed that our little junior is quite the joiner. We shouldn't be surprised by his courage, I suppose. His nickname is Turbo Ginger for god sakes.

Motivation, Is it all in the genes?

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 05.07.2013 | Canada Living
Dr Mike Hart

People don't like being held accountable for their actions and like to blame their problems on anyone but themselves. This is especially true when it comes to their weight and genetics. When you can blame genetics, you're no longer held accountable for your weight problems and you basically accept defeat.

Seedless Fruits and Vegetables Don't Do Us Any Favours

Josh Gitalis | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada Living
Josh Gitalis

Seeds contain the book of life. They have all of the genetic information necessary to create a new life. But what happened to all of the seeds? One word... convenience. We have bred our foods to make them more convenient by eliminating the most important part of the food.

Are Our Plants Smarter Than We Think?

CP | Betsy Blaney, The Associated Press | Posted 07.15.2012 | Canada Style

LUBBOCK, Texas - No one's talking about giving intelligence tests, but researchers say they've shown that plants have smarts — the sort needed to he...

History Study Helped Shed Light On Colonization

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.03.2012 | Canada

A study of genealogical history going back to some of Quebec's earliest settlers is providing a tantalizing clue about how human evolution was shaped ...

Canadians Help Crack Black Death Genetic Code

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada

TORONTO - A team of Canadian, German and American scientists has cracked the genetic code of the bacteria that is believed to have caused the Black De...