Unearthing new antibiotics

Internationally, more than 700,000 people die from antimicrobial-resistant bacterial diseases each year.1 With superbugs developing resistance to even the antibiotic of last resort, vancomycin, scientists are racing to expand options. Currently, research is investigating the…


A new promise in cancer immunotherapy

The immune system is naturally programmed to target and attack tumours using T lymphocytes. As tumours grow, however, they can inhibit immune cells and escape immune detection, creating an internal reservoir of inhibited T cells.1…


Ouabain: From Poison To Contraceptive

Despite the myriad of contraceptive methods designed for women, the options for men have generally relied on vasectomy or use of condoms.1 Recently, however, researchers from the American Chemical Society have investigated the potential of…


An evaluation of low-carb diets: Fad or fact?

The Atkins diet has emerged in recent years as a serious contender among diets. Rising above many other fad diets by allowing its adherents to eat the fat-heavy foods that most other diets forbid, low-carb…




Will Biohacking Echo the Personal Computer Revolution?

Thanks to the growing open science movement – a societal shift where barriers between scientific institutions and the general population break down and there is increased hands-on involvement of laypersons in scientific research and innovation…


The Cochlear Implant: Genocide or Medical Miracle?

Genocide. A word reserved for the worst of human rights atrocities—the deliberate extermination of a particular demographic. The fact that this word has been used by some to describe cochlear implants (CI) for the deaf…


The War for CRISPR

Science is often viewed as the embodiment of the good in humanity. Human progress, curiosity and selflessness are all revered principles within the scientific community, and the pursuit of truth is said to be held…


Yingfu Li: A Forerunner in DNA Diagnostics

Dr. Yingfu Li is a Professor of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University, an associate editor of the Journal of Molecular Evolution, and is a Canada Research Chair in nucleic acids research. His work explores…