SMCC Heads Up | January 22, 2019

Baby addiction | New child-cancer test | Dopamine & music | SMCC Heads Up | January 22, 2019. Embargoed and recently published research with a Canadian focus, curated by SMCC for science journalists. Read more>

SMCC Heads Up | January 15, 2019

Phase out fossil fuels | Stem-cell fix for MS | Burgess Shale | SMCC Heads Up | January 15, 2019. Embargoed and recently published research with a Canadian focus, curated by SMCC for science journalists. Read more>

Heads Up | January 8, 2019

Swallow migration timing | Universe calling (by radio) | Not-quite-so-cool white dwarfs | SMCC Heads Up. Embargoed and recently published research with a Canadian focus, curated by SMCC for science journalists. Read more>

SMCC Heads Up | December 18, 2018

Massive-mushroom mutations | Fins-to-limb family tree | Testing “spooky action” | SMCC Heads Up. Embargoed and recently published research with a Canadian focus, curated by SMCC for science journalists. Read more>

SMCC Heads Up | December 11, 2018

Wind pollination | Clean-water device | Invasive tick | SMCC Heads Up – Embargoed and recently published research with a Canadian focus, curated by SMCC for science journalists. Read more>

Mapping inheritance of rare genetic disease in French Canadians

American Journal of Human Genetics Published December 6, 2018 This study presents an efficient method to infer transmission paths of rare genes through population-scale genealogies. Using a high-quality genealogical dataset of more than three million individuals related to the founding families of Quebec, researchers apply the method to reconstruct the transmission history of a rare recessive-gene […]

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Appetite hormone conditions us to crave food when we smell food

Cell Reports Published December 4, 2018 Vulnerability to obesity includes eating in response to food cues, which increase influence through conditioning. Conditioning is largely driven by dopamine, believed to encode the difference between expected and actual rewards. In this study, researchers use fMRI to show a gut-derived hormone that triggers hunger and eating also stimulates dopamine to […]

Economics drives fentanyl’s deadly rise

Addiction Published December 4, 2018 (News release from University of California – San Francisco) Fentanyl likely spread because of heroin and prescription pill shortages, and because it was cheaper for large, illegal-drug producers to create than heroin, according to this report on illicit US drug markets. Because fentanyl is added to the supply higher up the dealer chain […]

SMCC Heads Up | December 4, 2018

$$ drive fentanyl crisis | Tool maps rare genes | Food smells and cravings | SMCC Heads Up – Embargoed and recently published research with a Canadian focus, curated by SMCC for science journalists. Read more>

SMCC Heads Up | November 27, 2018

Soil stumps prion disease | Ancient whale’s gummy grin | Benefits of being bacteria friendly | SMCC Heads Up – Embargoed and recently published research with a Canadian focus, curated by SMCC for science journalists. Read more>

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