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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.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Salmon farmers adapt to climate change with help from a $4.4M collaboration

Salmon swimming.

With sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic Ocean already climbing, scientists are predicting Atlantic Canada’s $400 million salmon aquaculture industry could be wiped out within the next 25 years.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Short people have an evolutionary advantage, study finds

Stick figures in blue with the shortest figure highlighted in gold.

A group of researchers from Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Waterloo have uncovered a surprising genetic link between height, arthritis, and the Out of Africa migration between 50,000 and 130,000 years ago.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Biology graduate student Samantha Burke finds lakes are getting saltier

Samantha Burke sampling in the field.

Canada’s freshwater lakes are being threatened by the widespread use of road salt, according to a recent publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Waterloo’s winning iGEM team recruiting for the 2017 competition

Waterloo iGEM logo

There’s nothing like a winning tradition: last year’s Gold Medal standing at the 2016 International Jamboree was Waterloo’s fourth straight annual win at a competition that attracts more than 270 teams from 42 countries.