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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The connection between Huntington disease and diet

Istock illustration of a brain with neurons.

Biology congratulates its newest faculty member, Dale Martin, on his latest paper.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Biology grads leave no pins standing at Bowling Night

BGSA students watching peers bowl.

The Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA) hit the lanes last week with a Bowling Night at Bingeman. It was a chance for students to have some fun with both old and new students of this multi-disciplinary department. The event was well attended with over 20 students showing up have some fun and mingling with their peers.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Scientists find new source of Botox

Needle with text saying botulium toxin.

A new source of the botulinum neurotoxin was discovered by Canadian and American scientists in a strain of animal gut bacteria known as Enterococcus faecium. The neurotoxic protein is known for its paradoxical ability to remove wrinkles yet cause botulism, a potentially fatal illness associated with food poisoning.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Vaccines not protecting farmed fish from disease

Farmed salmon being vaccinated.

The vaccines used by commercial fish farmers are not protecting fish from disease, according to a new study.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Rooney Lab wins Holiday Hallway Competition for the second consecutive year

Rooney lab holiday door

Each December, the Department of Biology and the Biology Graduate Student Association host a holiday door decorating contest to celebrate the festive season. Biology staff and students judged the eight doors based on the creativity, visual appeal and originality of each lab’s decorations.

The Rooney lab defended their title and beat seven other labs to win the 2017 Holiday Hallway competition for the second year in a row. The Hall and Hug labs came in second and third place respectively.

Monday, December 18, 2017

The importance of keeping the Grand River healthy

The Grand River in summer.

Professor Mark Servos, Canada Research Chair in Water Quality Protection and professor of Biology, Nandita Basu, professor in the Departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering, and post-doctoral fellow,

Friday, October 27, 2017

Biology grad students carve out time for some Halloween fun

Biology graduate students with their final pumpkin creations.

The Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA) held their first annual pumpkin carving contest yesterday in which graduate students were tasked with designing and carving a Halloween pumpkin in less than an hour.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Graduate program brings together students from all six Waterloo faculties

Water Collaborative Students sampling on a shoreline.

For one week in September, graduate students in the Collaborative Water Program (CWP) step outside of the classroom and gain hands-on learning experience from local water experts and community members in the Grand River Watershed.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Survival of the fattest: Understanding the role of polyesters in root nodule bacteria

S. meliloti bacteria

Even Sinorhizobium meliloti suffers from a weight gain once in a while.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bacterial Scissorhands: Biologists discover bacteria have new and improved flagella

Bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Photo source: iStock.

Biologists from the University of Waterloo, University of British Columbia and Health Canada have discovered hundreds of bacterial species equipped with a new and powerful type of flagella covered in enzymes.

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