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  • February 26, 2014

    What do Pokemon and science education have in common? More than you might think – just ask David Ng, a UBC geneticist who developed Phylo, a trading card game with a biodiversity twist and crowdsourced content.

    For his efforts, Ng is the 2014 recipient of UBC Library’s Innovative Dissemination of Research Award, which honours UBC faculty, staff and students who find unique ways to share research through the creative use of new tools and technologies.

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  • January 19, 2014

    UBC researchers have discovered the genetic machinery that turns a common gut bacterium into the swiss army knife of the digestive tract -- helping us to metabolize a main component of dietary fibre from the cell walls of fruits and vegetables.

    The findings illuminate the specialized roles played by key members of the vast microbial community living in the human gut, and could inform the development of tailored microbiota transplants to improve intestinal health after antibiotic use or illness. The research will be published in the journal Nature on Sunday.

    “While...

  • October 18, 2013

    Date & Time:  Wednesday, October 23, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
    Location:
    Michael Smith Laboratories, 2185 East Mall

    The Michael Smith Laboratories (MSL) and The Centre for High-Throughput Biology (CHiBi) will be highlighting the interdisciplinary research conducted by our diverse group of world-class researchers and teaching faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates. This Poster Session will provide an overview of the research conducted by many of the 22 groups who make up the MSL and CHiBi....

  • October 10, 2013

    Severe bleeding is a problem faced by many people.  Severe bleeding leads to high death rates during military combat and extremely high maternal death rates following child birth.  Preventing postpartum blood loss is a principle challenge to reducing maternal death in resource-scarce regions, which can be up to 5% of all births.  Many agents have been developed to control bleeding, but none are effective at controlling incompressible or internal hemorrhaging or controlling postpartum hemorrhage in resource-poor settings.  Traditional agents for controlling bleeding cannot penetrate though...

  • September 20, 2013

    Canadian and Swedish scientists have released genome sequences of two of the most economically important forest trees in the world.

    Conifers supply raw materials for the Canadian forestry industry, which accounted for $23.7 billion in Canada’s economy in 2011. Gross output of the forest sector in Sweden in 2009 was $29.7 billion.

    At 20-30 billion base-pairs and up to 10 times larger than the human genome, the white spruce genome, published in Bioinformatics, and the Norway spruce genome, published in Nature, are also the largest genome sequence assemblies...

  • September 18, 2013

    Researchers in the Brumer lab at the MSL have developed a method to produce simple, low-cost DNA diagnostic devices from paper.

    Since the first production of paper sheets from cellulosic plant fibers centuries ago, paper-based materials continue to be harnessed in a growing number of applications, motivated, in part, by a low-cost, high strength-to-weight ratio, and inherent resource renewability. Beyond traditional uses as a medium for writing and the graphic arts, paper and paperboard are used widely in advanced technical areas such as food packaging, barrier...

  • September 18, 2013

    Allergic asthma affects over 100 million people worldwide. It is becoming increasingly prevalent among individuals living in industrialized countries, and affects more than 20% of Canadians. The underlying causes of asthma remain unidentified, however there is increasing evidence to suggest that bacteria that live in the gut (known collectively as the "intestinal microbiota") play an important role in the development of atopic diseases. These observations support the "hygiene hypothesis", which proposes that reduced microbial exposure during infancy (for example by exposure to antibiotics...

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