Rapid population growth, a changing climate, and increasing constraints on land, water, and nutrients threaten global food security. Canada must dramatically expand agricultural production to meet increased demand and to offset predicted declines in crop yields in tropical and subtropical countries. This will require that plant breeding be accelerated in Canada, with the goal of developing high yielding, climate-adapted and “planet friendly” varieties.
Government of Canada and partners invest more than $24 million in genomics research projects to improve cancer treatments and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
When scientists work with their counterparts in industry, they’re able to invent life-saving therapies and clean technologies that improve the lives of Canadians. That’s why the Government of Canada is committed to supporting collaborative research led by scientists across the country.
Genome Canada is pleased to announce five new projects that will receive funding under the Genome Canada and Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joint Initiative on Societal Implications of Genomics Research. The projects were announced by the Minister of Science, the Hon.
Seventy-two new genetic variants that contribute to the risk of developing breast cancer have been identified by a major international collaboration involving hundreds of researchers worldwide.
Genomics is underpinning a global revolution in healthcare, from a generalized approach, to one that is individually tailored based on a patient’s genetic profile – an approach known as precision medicine. Rapid advances in the field – and the opportunities for discovery and new therapeutics – make it imperative to develop international policies and standards to enable the responsible, voluntary, and secure sharing of genomic data.