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Bench to baby belly: An interview with Dr. Deborah Sloboda

Dr. Deborah Slobada is an Associated Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University. Dedicated to improving maternal and child health, she explores the relationship between prenatal risk factors, such as…


Fecal microbiota transplantation: The power of poop

Access Full Text ABSTRACT Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), a procedure involving the transfer of stool from healthy donors to patients, has demonstrated success in re-establishing gut microbiota homeostasis and facilitating the recovery of metabolic and…




Adverse childhood experiences: A public health challenge

Access Full Text INTRODUCTION The life-course approach to health and the critical period model of disease causation posit that adult health is shaped by experiences in early life, specifically during critical developmental periods.1 Adverse Childhood…



Biohacking: The next scientific revolution?

The biohacking movement was catapulted into mainstream attention when AIDS patient Tristan Roberts livestreamed a self-injection with an untested gene therapy vector.1 Biohacking, also known as Do-It-Yourself Biology, is the technological manipulation of biological systems…



AMPK regulates extravillous trophoblast invasion

The placenta is involved in the transport and exchange of gases, nutrients, and waste products at the mother-fetus interface. During the early stages of pregnancy, trophoblasts, the primary stem cell lineage in the placenta, play…


Congenital insensitivity to pain

Introduction Pain is an essential sensation that has developed in complex organisms as an evolutionary mechanism to signal impending danger. Without pain, day-to-day functions become incredibly compromised. Pain is responsible for triggering the adoption of…