COVID-19 creating new paradigm for developing vaccines

It’s showing us how fast we can develop them when the will is there

COVID-19 creating new paradigm for developing vaccinesEarlier this year, Michael Houghton, University of Alberta virologist and co-recipient of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, mobilized his hepatitis C lab to join the charge to produce a vaccine for COVID-19. His lab was a perfect fit for the endeavour, having created a successful vaccine for the SARS virus in 2004 that…

Diamonds found in Far North offer clues to Earth’s early history

Though the diamonds found are quite small the geologic implications are immense

Diamonds found in Far North offer clues to Earth’s early historyThe presence of diamonds in an outcrop atop an unrealized gold deposit in Canada’s Far North mirrors the association found above the world’s richest gold mine, according to University of Alberta research that fills in blanks about the thermal conditions of Earth’s crust three billion years ago. “The diamonds we have found so far are…

U of A virologist awarded Nobel Prize

U of A virologist awarded Nobel PrizeMichael Houghton was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine today in recognition of his discovery of the hepatitis C (HCV) virus. His discovery with colleagues Qui-Lim Choo and George Kuo in 1989 opened a new field of viral hepatitis research that led to improved blood safety, and hepatitis C treatment to the point where the…

How changes in ancient soil microbes could predict Arctic future

Changing balance of microorganisms in Arctic soil due to climate change could have widespread effects, according to new research

How changes in ancient soil microbes could predict Arctic futureMicrobial communities in Arctic permafrost changed drastically at the end of the last ice age – and the shift could happen again due to modern climate change, according to a new study by University of Alberta scientists. The researchers compared the microbial communities found in permafrost formed during the last ice age, at the end of…

Canadians with disabilities face barriers to financial security

Study shows those living with disabilities average 25% less in assets and COVID-19 is making the situation worse

Canadians with disabilities face barriers to financial securityWhen sociologist Michelle Maroto came across a Toronto Star article about an Ontario woman struggling to make ends meet while battling Type 1 diabetes, she knew the story was just the tip of the iceberg. Anna Costa was juggling four low-paying jobs without benefits, and after paying more than $300 per month for insulin and blood tests…

White supremacists misappropriating Norse mythology: expert

Scandinavian studies professor debunks idea of ‘racial purity’ that makes racist extremists identify with Viking culture

White supremacists misappropriating Norse mythology: expertThere’s an urgent and pressing need for everyone to understand the Vikings, argues Scandinavian studies scholar Natalie Van Deusen. That’s because all manner of Viking symbols and misconceptions about a golden age of Nordic racial purity have been appropriated by racist extremists looking to justify their xenophobia and acts of violence, according to the University of…