Lab Profiles

The National Microbiology Laboratory: Tracking and researching the world’s deadliest pathogens

By Sean Tarry The past couple of years have been disruptive and chaotic, to say the least. Communities all over the world have been impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic, changing the way we do things, share information, and communicate with one another.For scientists working in laboratories that specialize in researching and tracking infectious diseases, it’s been a time that …

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Prairies to Pharmacy

By TREVOR KENNEY Southern Alberta’s vast prairies can often harsh be and unforgiving. Windswept and prone to temperature extremes of 35 C during baked dry summer months and -35 C in the bone-chilling winter, its landscape is still surprisingly rich in flora, producing an array of hearty plants that are just now being recognized for their unique properties of medical …

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The power of plants to ‘grow’ low-cost, high value drugs

By Jana Manolakos While medicines have been extracted from plants for centuries, plants and plant cell systems today can be genetically engineered to serve as drug-producing factories for a range of antibodies and other protein-based therapeutics and vaccines.At the forefront stands Canadian biopharmaceutical company PlantForm, which is harnessing plants for cost-effective therapeutic drugs for cancer and other life-threatening conditions — …

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A cure for mental illness?

Curing mental illness completely. That’s the next phase of the psychedelics journey, in which Canada is taking its first few, cautious steps.

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COMPANY PROFILE: The Perimeter Institute

At the Perimeter Institute, considered the world’s largest research hub for theoretical physics, they ask big questions – and gather big data. Its researchers also have won the Buchalter Cosmology Prize for six consecutive years.

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