Qu Biologics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing Site Specific Immunomodulators (SSIs), a unique platform of immunotherapies designed to “reboot” the body’s innate immune system, has just published collaborative research with Dartmouth College detailing the mechanism of action and efficacy of Qu’s lung-targeted SSI, QBKPN, for the treatment of lung cancer. It has long been recognized that acute infection can potentially trigger the…
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As part of its Industry Innovation Program (I² Fund), Genome BC is investing CAD $750,000 in a local microbiome testing company—Vancouver-based Microbiome Insights (MBI), which provides next-generation-sequencing-based analytical testing and consulting services to microbiome researchers in academia and industry. The new funding adds to the company’s recent round of equity financing, which closed in October. Microbiomes are the communities of…
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Qu Biologics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing Site Specific Immunomodulators (SSIs), a unique platform of immunotherapies designed to “reboot” the body’s innate immune system, has just published collaborative research with Dartmouth College detailing the mechanism of action and efficacy of Qu’s lung-targeted SSI, QBKPN, for the treatment of lung cancer. It has long been recognized that acute infection can potentially trigger the…
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Revving Your Nanoscale Engine

Biological molecular machines are microscopic proteins that carry out biological tasks by converting between different forms of energy. Many molecular machines burn chemical fuel to produce movement, similar to a car engine, only 100 million times smaller. An example of this is the protein kinesin, which transports cargo along cellular filaments to specific destinations within cells, and supports critical functions such…
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Three new species of microbe found in the guts of termites have been named after members of the Canadian prog-rock band Rush, owing to the microbes’ long hair and rhythmic wriggling under the microscope. “A Spanish postdoc, Javier del Campo, asked me to recommend some good Canadian music, and I suggested he listen to Rush,” says Patrick Keeling, a University…
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Infants that are held less by caregivers show lasting changes to genes involved in immune response and metabolism, according to a study of children from British Columbia. Fussy babies who were held the least were underdeveloped for their age in five areas of the genome when they were tested more than four years later. Fussy babies in the high cuddling…
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Get a simple cut on the finger or a bump on the head, and the body’s immune system rushes in to heal the area. Inflammation of this sort is a normal response to injuries or infections; but when inflammation occurs in the brain – particularly the developing brain of a child – it can lead to serious complications and have…
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Seeing children suffering with cancer when he was being treated himself broke Terry Fox’s heart and inspired his Marathon of Hope. Now, those efforts have fuelled a unique initiative to give kids and young adults across the country a chance to live when there are few, if any, treatment options left. Eight-year-old Marlow Ploughman of Shannonville, Ont., has relapsed four…
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A breakthrough technology, now in the hands of Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute scientists, is paving the way for rapid and effective drug discovery. Dr. Artem Cherkasov, a senior research scientist with the Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC), and his colleagues are spearheading the integration of cryo-EM technology. After years of trying to harness the potential of the human genome, Cherkasov…
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I was recently talking with someone who should have known better, and was taken aback when they said to me, “There’s science at SFU?” Stifling the urge to say something snide like, “You’re kidding, right?,” I took a deep breath and replied that, yes, there is indeed science at Simon Fraser University. Of the eight faculties at SFU, four have…
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