Medicine

Movement & Reflexes

When you decide you want to take a step, or lift your arm, how does this thought get converted into a movement? Once the thought enters your mind, your brain sends a signal to your muscles to contract which causes your bones to move, since they are connected to your muscles by tendons. Movements like …

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A Virus-Like COVID-19 Vaccine is Being Grown in Tobacco Plants

Currently, there are close to two hundred coronavirus vaccine candidates in development, 42 of which have entered clinical trials. Out of these 42 candidates, one is unique: it is the only one to be produced in a plant. The Quebec City-based biopharmaceutical company, Medicago, has harnessed the speed and efficiency of plants to produce a …

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Science and Society: Reasons and Solutions for Negative Public Opinions

The relationship between science and the general public can be a challenging one. There are lots of concerns when it comes to necessity, use and implementation of new scientific technologies.  A recent study from the Pew Research Center was conducted to better understand the relationship between science and society. Taking a representative sample of the general …

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Treating Arsenic Poisoning with Saskatchewan-Grown Lentils: A Promising Story of Canadian Innovation

Arsenic poisoning plagues over 100 million people around the world, mostly because of contaminated water. In countries like Bangladesh, where improperly filtered groundwater is used, the drinking water has particularly high levels of arsenic. Arsenic poisoning can manifest in a variety of symptoms from darkened spots on skin and weakened immune systems, to respiratory diseases, …

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