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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.

Passing of Dr. Fernand Labrie

Jan. 21, 2019

Montréal, Monday, January, 21, 2019 – It was with profound sadness that Génome Québec learned of the passing of eminent researcher and physician, Dr. Fernand Labrie. 

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Breast cancer: a simple saliva test to evaluate the risk of developing the disease

Jan. 15, 2019

Génome Québec is pleased to highlight the unprecedented advances of Prof. Jacques Simard’s work, co-author of two important studies on the risk of developing breast cancer.


Thanks to this work, a simple saliva test could help to gauge, with unprecedented accuracy, a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer during her lifetime, according to an international study published today. By combining a person’s genetic profile obtained through a saliva sample with a statistical model that takes into account family history, hormonal factors and lifestyle habits, the researchers were able to estimate each woman’s overall risk for breast cancer, paving the way for personalized screening protocols for the disease.

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