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Friday, May 11, 2018

Feds invest $1.2 million into Waterloo research on Nunavut fisheries

Two arctic charr.

University of Waterloo researcher Heidi Swanson is set to receive $1.2 million, over five years, from the Federal government’s $75 million Coastal Restoration Fund to perform community-partnered research. The aim of the project is to restore fish in the Coppermine River and other river systems near Kugluktuk, Nunavut.

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.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dead fish do tell tales: Using the necrobiome to measure impact of wastewater on aquatic life

Rainbow darter fish in a respirometer used to measure metabolic activity.

Waterloo Biologists Paul Craig and Andrew Doxey find fish struggle to live in the Grand River downstream from Kitchener, Ontario’s wastewater treatment plant.

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.

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