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.

More than Just a Hunger Hormone: Ghrelin Could Help Prevent Diabetes

By Neethu Shaji Saji

July 10, 2019

A person sitting at a dining table holding a knife and fork with a plate in between

Ghrelin may be best known as the hunger hormone, but a new study by researchers in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences has found that it also plays a significant role in fat metabolism, a discovery that could pave the way to using the hormone to prevent or treat insulin resistance in people with diabetes.

Frogs of a Stressor Evolve Together

By Michael Lim

28 June 2019

Scuteri boulengeri, a frog that lives at high elevation (Photo by Subba et al., CC BY 4.0)