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Forum held to critically analyze autism-vaccine link

On Feb. 15, McGill’s department of psychology hosted “Critical Thinking and the Vaccination Debate,” a forum designed to present a range of topics and case studies to help students critically analyze the issue. Dr. Amir Raz of McGill’s psychology department set the stage for a highly contested debate on autism and its presumed causal link… Keep Reading

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Genetic breakthrough made in childhood brain cancer

chemgapedia.de Dr. Nada Jabado, an associate professor of pediatrics at McGill, recently led an international cohort of scientists in search of the genetic factors behind the onset of childhood brain cancer. The study, published in Nature, uncovered two important mutations that affect the regulation of the genome. Glioblastoma multiforme, a type of brain tumor, is… Keep Reading

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McGill research sheds light on hidden genetic potential

Groundbreaking research at McGill is shedding light on the importance of environmental stress on evolution. Researchers led by Professor Ehab Abouheif, a Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Developmental Biology, recently created “supersoldiers” of the ant genus Pheidole morissi in the lab. The “super” ants sport huge, oblong, heads and ultra-sharp mandibles. They measure about three… Keep Reading

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SOPA migrates north

The fight between the entertainment industry and illegal file sharers has moved north of the border, with Bill C-11 set to reach the floor of Canadian Parliament this week. Bill C-11 is the latest iteration in a series of proposed amendments to Canada’s Copyright Act which aim to provide more powerful tools in governing copyright… Keep Reading

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St. Lawrence river may hold clues to the ocean’s future

A paper that was first drafted in a bar in Mont-Joli has been recognized by Quebec Science Magazine as one of the top 10 discoveries in 2011. The paper, written by McGill earth and planetary science professor Alfonso Mucci, is the result of a study on water quality in the St. Lawrence.  Mucci compared historical… Keep Reading

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CEOs leave RIM as company struggles to regain position

financialpost.com The Canadian technology firm Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the Blackberry smartphone, lost its two top executives on Jan. 22, amid the company’s continuing efforts to restructure in light of recent struggles. Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazardis acted as co-CEOs and co-chairmen of RIM for more than two decades, and will stay on… Keep Reading

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Neuroscientist Marc Tessier-Lavigne speaks at McGill

mskcc.org World-renowned neuroscientist and McGill alumnus Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne spoke to an audience of science undergraduates on Friday evening. Tessier-Lavigne was formerly executive vice president of research for the biotechnology firm Genentech, and is now president of The Rockefeller University, a prestigious university in Manhattan devoted to research in the biological sciences. The talk, hosted… Keep Reading

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Websites dark for a day in protest of U.S. anti-piracy bills

en.wikipedia.org Black banners confronted visitors to the English version of Wikipedia, reddit and several other websites this past Wednesday as part of the largest online political demonstration in history. The websites were protesting two proposed bills in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and the PROTECT IP Act… Keep Reading

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SUS Academia Week (January 23 – January 28)

The Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) kicked off its seventh annual Academia Week on Monday, Jan. 23. The week-long series of talks, presentations, and networking events will showcase new and innovative research, while promoting science career paths beyond the arenas of medicine and academia. The highlight of the week will likely be the keynote address on… Keep Reading

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Twenty-twelve gadget watch

Whether it’s finally meeting a New Year’s resolution, or a potential new season of Arrested Development, 2012 has something in store for everyone. Many look forward to the new technology released in the coming year. Here are some predictions for what to look out for in 2012. Phones The smartphone market has become highly segmented… Keep Reading

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