Monocytes — a kind of white blood cell — carrying drug-loaded backpacks (red). (The scale bar is 5 µm.) (Image credit: Roberta Polak & Rosanna Lim)

Improving the cellular backpack

Medicine can be delivered to specific parts of the body by fitting it inside a “backpack” and attaching it to white blood cells. This targeted drug delivery means other tissues of the body aren’t affected, and side effects are limited.  Original research presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society on March 17, 2015.

The Brain Prize – Congratulations Dr. Collingridge

Dr. Graham Collingridge, Chair of the Department of Physiology, University of Toronto, has been awarded The Brain Prize, widely known as the “Nobel of neuroscience”,  for his research on the cellular mechanisms of learning and memory. The million euro prize is awarded by the Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation in Denmark. Dr. Collingridge shares […]

The role of science in Canadian policy

The Science Integrity Project, which aims to make evidence-based decision-making a high priority for government at all levels, has released four principles for  improving policy decisions using the best available evidence. The principles were developed through the collective wisdom of 75 leaders — in science, indigenous knowledge, public policy, civil society, and governance. The project […]

Permafrost is soil that remains below the freezing point of water from one year to the next, resulting in permanently frozen water particles in the soil. (Image created by the PAGE21 project)

First global permafrost database launch

The first online database on global permafrost is freely available to the public, serving as an early warning system for decision-makers around the world, as well as providing standardized permafrost measurements for the first time. The database, from the Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost, has brought together scientists from 25 countries and who have drilled over 1000 […]

Obstetricians and family doctors have equal outcomes for low-risk births

During low risk births, the risk of newborn death and maternal complications is similar for deliveries performed by family physicians and those performed by obstetricians, according to a new study. The authors note that these findings should only be applied to low-risk deliveries that could be safely performed by either a generalist or a specialist, […]

A group of longhorn crazy ants cooperate to transfer an item too heavy for each of them to move alone. (Photo credit: Ehud Fonio and Ofer Feinerman)

Ants too have their guides

  It takes a lot of coordination for a group to carry a large load together. It’s a rare ability in the animal world, but one shared by ants and humans. Like humans, longhorn crazy ants (Paratrechina longicornis) use individuals for steering the direction of the group. This collective movement appears to arise by the […]

Stink bugs are able to select how light or dark their eggs are when they lay them. The varying shades can be seen along the bottom of the image from the lightest eggs (left) to the darkest (right). (Image credit: Leslie Abram)

The secrets of stink bugs: A new chemical compound and selective egg colouration

Stink bugs, Podisus maculiventris, are able to change the colour of the eggs they lay to better protect them from UV radiation, according to new findings. The researchers expected the colour variation to come from differing levels of melanin, however they found a new compound responsible for the pigmentation. While stink bugs are the first […]

The Cost of Smoking: A Manitoba Study

Cigarette smoking costs Manitoba’s public healthcare system an extra $244 million a year, according to a new study from the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. The report also shows that the percentage of Manitobans who smoke is steadily dropping. In 1989, 22% of Manitobans smoked daily and 65% were casual or former smokers. By 2011, these […]

Monitoring a new avian influenza strain in B.C.

Canadian researchers will launch a novel project to shed light on the source of a deadly H5N2 strain responsible for the death and destruction of approximately 240,000 birds in B.C between December 2014 to January 2015. The project funded by Genome BC, Genome Canada, Agriculture Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will seek to […]

Vote for your favorite research

From the discovery of neutrinos to recognizing the effect of grapefruit on our ability to metabolize drugs, Ontario’s universities have contributed ground-breaking research. What do you think the top research should be? The Council of Ontario Universities is asking the general public to vote for their favourite ‘game-changing research’ here.

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