Research

How to Find a Needle in a Haystack, Fast

By Madison Wright

1 October 2019

A hand holding some pills, a background with a microscope, test tubes and beakers

Antibiotic resistance has become a medical crisis. As bacteria continue to outsmart the current arsenal of antibiotics and become resistant, infections that were once easily treated can now become life-threatening.

Limited Oxygen Builds Stronger Alligator Hearts, Study Finds

By Neethu Shaji Saji

16 September 2019

Baby Alligators

Alligators born from eggs exposed to low oxygen levels (hypoxia) have an important advantage compared to those that develop under normal oxygen levels:  they develop stronger, better functioning hearts.   

The discovery was made by a team of researchers led by Dr. Sarah Alderman, an adjunct professor in the Department of Integrative Biology.

Why You Should Keep Your Finger on the ‘Pulse’ of Carb Substitutes

By Michael Lim

4 September 2019

lentils

We’re all familiar with healthy ‘superfoods’ you can find in nearly every grocery store, ranging from blueberries (famous for their anti-cancer antioxidants) to broccoli (high in nutrients such as vitamin C). Now, new research from Prof. Alison Duncan from the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences suggests adding another member to that esteemed list of foods: lentils.

Water, Sugar, Salt: A Winning Combination in Hockey

By Madison Wright

15 August 2019

a female hockey player

Waiting in anticipation for the puck to drop, hockey players stand ready to put countless hours of training into action. Contrary to what one might expect, some of a hockey player’s most essential game prep actually happens off the ice.

Breaking Taboo: Understanding the Evolution of Menstruation

By Alana Wilcox

30 July 2019

Chemical structure of Progesterone

There are currently about two billion women on the planet who menstruate every month. Despite this being a normal biological process, menstruation is still often considered taboo. Although the hormonal processes leading up to menstruation are well studied and understood, few researchers have considered the evolutionary question of how “the period” came to be.

Tips for Healthy Living: Eat Healthy, Exercise, and…Spit in a Tube

By Michael Lim

22 July 2019

test tubes for DNA testing

We have all heard about the dangers of hypertension (HT) and cardiovascular disease (CVD), and the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity in warding off these potentially deadly conditions. Now, new research by Prof. Philip Millar shows that health-minded individuals may need to add another item to their checklist: examining their genes.

To Divide or not to Divide? That is the Question Being Answered by Dlx Proteins in Developing Embryo Cells

By Victoria Sanderson

16 July 2019

Showing various stages of development of a chicken embryo

What do a healthy embryo and a cancerous tumor have in common? They both grow very quickly and use similar cell signalling pathways to know when to divide.