Latest news 2012
Genomics plays a vital role in driving Québec's economic future. That is why Génome Québec aims at advancing knowledge in genomics by funding major research projects. In this section, you will discover all the latest achievements in the field of genomics.
Dec. 17, 2012
Rare atypical form of the PRDM9 fertility gene found in parents
Researchers at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center and the University of Montreal have found a possible heredity mechanism that predisposes children to acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of blood cancer in children. According to their findings published in Genome Research, the presence of a genetic defect in the egg or sperm that give rise to children with ALL may be a prerequisite for the disease to develop.
Dec. 14, 2012
A study published by Université Laval researchers and their colleagues from the Canadian Forest Service reveals that the genome of conifers such as spruce, pine, and fir has remained very much the same for over 100 million years.
Dec. 12, 2012
Following the cessation of the activities of Genizon Biosciences Inc. in September 2011, the Superior Court of Québec mandated Génome Québec to take charge of the management of data and biological samples collected. The biological material (50,000 samples including 200,000 tubes) was relocated at the BioBank of Génome Québec - Centre Hospitalier Affilié Universitaire in Chicoutimi.
Dec. 7, 2012
Génome Québec wishes to acknowledge the scientific contribution of Dr. Daniel Gaudet, Scientific Director of the Génome Québec and CHAUR Biobank, to the regulatory approval of Glybera through his close cooperation with uniQure.
Nov. 15, 2012
Sdentists have identified a new gene variant that seems to strongly raise the risk for Alzheimer's disease, giving a fresh target for research into treatments for the disease.
Nov. 5, 2012
November is Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month.
We invite you to learn more about Dr John D. Rioux's team work on the subject in Nature's article "Host|[ndash]|microbe interactions have shaped the genetic architecture of inflammatory bowel disease":
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Nov. 2, 2012
In a major step toward an era of personalized medicine, researchers 1000 Genomes Project, involving 700 scientists from laboratories in the U.S., Canada (including researchers in Québec), China, Japan, Nigeria and Kenya, among others, reported (ref Nature) that they have sequenced the complete DNA material of more than 1,000 people from 14 population groups in Europe, Africa, East Asia and the Americas.
Nov. 1, 2012
The 2012 Prix du Québec Marie-Victorin in natural science and engineering was awarded to Pr. Louis Bernatchez from Université Laval, considered by many as a world leader in the study of molecular ecology.
Nov. 1, 2012
The researchers Jacques L. Michaud (CHU Ste-Justine), Jacek Mejewski (Université McGill) and Guy A. Rouleau (CHU Ste-Justine) have discovered mutations in TMEM231 causing Joubert syndrome, a rare desease in French Canadian population.
Oct. 30, 2012
The 2012 Prix du Québec Wilder Penfield has been awarded to Dr. Guy Rouleau to underline his remarkable career and his discoveries in the field of genetics. The researcher identified twenty genes responsible for neurological and psychiatric diseases, including several rare diseases unique to Québec.