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Pork genomics project gets $1 million

Pork genomics project gets $1 million

Reading Time: < 1 minute University of Alberta professor, Michael Dyck has been awarded a $1-million grant for a project that will use genomics to select pigs with improved disease resilience. The funding, which comes from Genome Canada, will build on the work the professor of animal biotechnology has done with funding from Genome Alberta and is being supported by […] Read more

This illustration shows how CRISPR-Cas9 technology could be used to genomically edit a species of the streptococcus bacterium. The Cas9 nuclease protein (in blue) uses a guide RNA sequence (purple) to cut DNA (green) at a complementary site.

Where are the Canadian genome-editing startups?

Looser regulations give the U.S. an edge in GE product development, but Canadians are working on gene editing, too

Reading Time: 4 minutes Genome editing has made some major strides in the past year. Minnesota-based Calyxt struck a deal with a processor to make oil from its GE soybeans, in which the genes responsible for trans fats have been ‘turned off.’ And SU Canola (a sulfonyurea herbicide-resistant variety) was given its Canadian commercial release a year ago by […] Read more


Genomics research funding on offer

Reading Time: < 1 minute Genome Alberta is partnering with Alberta Agriculture on the Alberta Applied Agricultural Genomics Program. The program will provide funding for genomics-based research projects up to $250,000 over a period of two years. Research proposals participating in larger national or international efforts are strongly encouraged. For example, understanding stress response of crops at the genomic level […] Read more