CRISPRi screens reveal sources of metabolic robustness in E. coli

Metabolic robustness, the ability of a metabolic system to buffer changes in its environment, is not always a welcome feature for microbiologists: it interferes with metabolic engineering or prevents that antibiotics kill bacteria. Therefore it is important to understand the...

Memories of past events retain remarkable fidelity even as we age

Scientists studying the complex relationship between aging and memory have found that in a controlled experiment, people can remember the details about past events with a surprising 94% accuracy, even accounting for age. These results, published in the journal Psychological...

Most common COVID-19 symptoms in children include fever, nausea, loss of taste and smell: study

TORONTO -- A new study has found that the most common symptoms in children who test positive for COVID-19 include a loss of taste and smell, fever, headaches, vomiting and nausea, however, more than a third of kids studied were...

Scotland to make period products freely available to all

LONDON -- Scottish lawmakers have unanimously passed legislation that will make period products freely available to anyone who needs them - a move that leader Nicole Sturgeon says makes Scotland the first country in the world to do so. Lawmakers...

What provinces hit hard by COVID-19 now can learn from those who did well before

When epidemiologist Susan Kirkland opened a Halifax newspaper on Saturday, she was stunned. "Three protest rallies planned," the Chronicle Herald headline read, in part. "Oh, no," the head of public health and epidemiology at Dalhousie University thought to herself. "Please don't be...

Delays, conflicts and confusion hampered Ontario’s COVID-19 response: auditor general

Ontario's response to the COVID-19 pandemic was hampered by poor emergency preparedness, inadequate lab capacity and a disorganized public health system, according to a report issued Wednesday by the province's auditor general. In a special report on COVID-19, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk raises concerns...

Can we harness a plant’s ability to synthesize medicinal compounds?

Anthraquinones are a class of naturally occurring compounds prized for their medicinal properties, as well as for other applications, including ecologically friendly dyes. Despite wide interest, the mechanism by which plants produce them has remained shrouded in mystery until now....

Commonly used antibiotic shows promise for combating Zika infections

In 2015, hundreds of children were born with brain deformities resulting from a global outbreak of Zika virus infections. Recently, National Institutes of Health researchers used a variety of advanced drug screening techniques to test out more than 10,000 compounds...

A quarter of Canadians over the age of 65 are caregivers, StatCan survey reveals

TORONTO -- The newly released results of a Statistics Canada survey are shedding light on the complications that older Canadians face in the caregiving realm, revealing that almost a quarter of Canadians over the age of 65 are also caregivers...

Canadian Blood Services: Only half of donors follow through with stem cell transplants

TORONTO -- Canadian Blood Services is pleading to registered stem-cells donors to follow through with their commitments. The organization says that only 50 per cent of those potential donors who are registered to give stem cells actually follow through with...
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