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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.

Genetic make-up of children explains how they fight malaria infection

Sept. 12, 2012

Researchers from Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center and University of Montreal have identified several novel genes that make some children more efficient than others in the way their immune system responds to malaria infection. This world-first in integrative efforts to track down genes predisposing to specific immune responses to malaria and ultimately to identify the most suitable targets for vaccines or treatments was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by lead author Dr. Youssef Idaghdour and senior author Pr. Philip Awadalla, whose laboratory has been performing world-wide malaria research for the past 13 years.

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Genetic discovery in Montreal for a rare disease in Newfoundland

Sept. 11, 2012

Researchers from the Guy Rouleau Laboratory affiliated with the CHUM Research Centre and the CHU–Sainte-Justine Research Centre have discovered the genetic cause of a rare disease reported only in patients originating from Newfoundland: hereditary spastic ataxia (HSA).


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ENCODE: Your DNA as you've never imagined

Sept. 7, 2012

DNA is much more complex than researchers had believed it in the early 2000s. Since 2003, some 450 researchers from more than thirty laboratories based in different countries (mainly USA, Europe and Asia) worked on the ENCODE project (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements) : Scientists have identified each DNA sequence and analyzed their function.

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GenoRem at the 9th International Phyto Society Conference

Sept. 6, 2012

Michel Labrecque and Al. will present the GenoRem project : Environmental genomics of willows and microorganisms applied to the decontamination of abandoned industrial sites, at the 9th International Phyto Society Conference hosted by the Hasselt University in Belgium from September 11th to 14th, 2012.


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Genome Brings Ancient Girl to Life

Sept. 6, 2012

In a stunning technical feat, an international team of scientists has sequenced the genome of an archaic Siberian girl 31 times over, using a new method that amplifies single strands of DNA. The sequencing is so complete that researchers have as sharp a picture of this ancient genome as they would of a living person's, revealing, for example that the girl had brown eyes, hair, and skin. "No one thought we would have an archaic human genome of such quality," says Matthias Meyer, a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. "Everyone was shocked by the counts. That includes me."

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