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The State of Canada’s Science Culture

This past August, the Council of Canadian Academies released a comprehensive report on the state of Canada’s science culture. The report presents numerous strengths and weaknesses in Canadians general attitude and engagement in science. Overall, the report reflects quite positively on the Canadian public with Canadians ranking highest in the world in their interest in scientific discoveries and their participation in science-related issues. Furthermore, over 42% of the population demonstrate a basic level of scientific literacy which ranks first out of 35 countries surveyed.

On the weak side, Canada ranks fairly low in the percentage of its population that are employed in scientific occupations and in the percent of university degrees being awarded in science and engineering. This is despite the fact that Canada ranks first among all OECD countries in the percent of its population aged 25-64 with tertiary education.

Below is a list of the report’s most significant findings:

Strengths (aside from what was stated above)

  • Canadians express the fewest reservations about science compared to populations in other countries
  • 93% of the population reports being very interested in new scientific discoveries
  • 32% of the population has visited a science and technology museum at least once in previous year
  • 49% of first university degrees in science fields are awarded to women

Other Notables:

  • 76% of population agree that the government should support science even if it doesn’t have immediate impact (12th out of 35 countries
  • 54% of all doctoral degrees are in science and engineering fields
  • 49% of first university degrees in science fields are awarded to women

To read the full report visit Science Culture: Where Canada Stands.

September 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

SureBeads™ Magnetic Bead System for Immunoprecipitation

Bio-Rad’s SureBead Magnetic Beads System provides faster and more reliable immunoprecipitation of proteins and protein complexes at a price comparable to leading agarose beads. The SureBeads System consists of protein A- or protein G-coupled magnetic beads and an ergonomically designed tube rack with high-strength magnets that separate SureBeads Magentic Beads and pulled-down proteins from the supernatant in seconds.

September 15, 2014 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

Researchers Make Scientific History with New Cellular Connection

Researchers led by Dr. Helen McNeill at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute have revealed an exciting and unusual biochemical connection. Their discovery has implications for diseases linked to mitochondria, which are the primary sources of energy production within our cells.

Dr. McNeill’s team has an international reputation for their work in understanding how cells become organized into tissues and how growth is regulated during development. The group focuses on mutations in the fat (ft) gene. The protein product of this gene, called ‘Fat’, acts at the cell membrane to promote adhesion and communication between cells. Mutations in ft can cause cells to overgrow and become tumours. This occurs partially through the Hippo pathway, a pathway that is frequently activated in cancers such as liver, breast, ovarian and sarcomas.

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September 12, 2014 at 4:03 am Leave a comment

A World Renowned Canadian Neuroscientist

September 10, 2014 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

I Love Science!

September 9, 2014 at 2:14 pm Leave a comment

Walking Fish: A Live Demonstration of Evolution

Researchers at McGill University published in the journal Nature, turned to a living fish, called Polypterus, to help show what might have happened when fish first attempted to walk out of the water. Polypterus is an African fish that can breathe air, ‘walk’ on land, and looks much like those ancient fishes that evolved into tetrapods. The team of researchers raised juvenile Polypterus on land for nearly a year, with an aim to revealing how these ‘terrestrialized’ fish looked and moved differently.

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September 8, 2014 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

Designing a Quantitative Western Blot Experiment to Avoid Common Pitfalls

September 3, 2014 at 7:17 am Leave a comment

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