As part of the Finding of Rare Disease Genes (FORGE) research project, Canadian researchers have developed an expertise in understanding the underlying biology of rare childhood disorders. The first public commentary of this nationwide study isavailable today in the American Journal of Human Genetics.
Genome Canada today released a request for applications for membership in the Genomics Innovation Network (GIN) and core operations support funds. The network will create a mechanism for cross-country collaboration in providing access to the highest quality genomic technologies and advice to the research community.
Recent advances in genome sequencing technology havefacilitated rapid identification of genetic alterations in genes associated withAutism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The universal challenge in the field ofgenetics has been to determine whether these mutations will result in autism.
PEDv, an extremely infectious coronavirus that infects the small intestine of a pig, causes severe diarrhea and dehydration leading to high piglet mortality. The United States PEDv epidemic has had substantial economic impact since its May, 2013 discovery. In a single year, PEDv has spread across 30 states, killing millions of pigs and resulting in an estimated loss of 10% of the U.S. pig population.
In the last few decades, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) has become a cancer success story with over 80 per cent survival among children. This has been achieved mostly through intensive chemotherapy, which that has improved outcomes for many, but unfortunately not for all. Still about 20 per cent of children with ALL will relapse, and survival among adults is just 40 per cent.