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The Code of Life

23
Sep 2020

Ep. 007: How Genomics is Helping Combat Invasive Pests & Pathogens (w/ Richard Hamelin, UBC)

Healthy forests support a healthy environment. They purify the water and the air, maintain wildlife habitats and help preserve healthy soils, just to name a few.  Studies are also showing human health is directly related to healthy forests.  But increasingly our forests are facing unprecedented threats… from invasive species and pathogens that can cause irreversible damage. 

Once again, science, and scientists are coming to the rescue.  Quietly studying these threats, coming up with devices to help uncover and stop them before they can establish and spread. 

 

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The Code of Life is a partnered program of Conversations That Matter, brought to you by GenomeBC. For more information on Genome BC's work, visit https://www.genomebc.ca.

28
Aug 2020

Ep. 006: How Genomics is Helping Eradicate Malaria (w/ Drs. Lea Toe and Jennifer Gardy)

Malaria kills an estimated 400,000 people every year.  In many countries, it's the leading cause of death in children and pregnant women.  But malaria isn't just a health issue - it's also an economic one.  Countries without malaria have five times greater economic growth than countries battling  malaria. There are many tools to help fight malaria - but genomics may be the key to eradicating it once and for all.  And the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is vowing to do that by the year 2040.

6
Aug 2020

Ep. 005: Genomics Helping Eradicate Cervical Cancer (w/ Dr Gina Ogilvie & Dr Sarai Racey)

Every year, cervical cancer kills about 400 Canadian women. Worldwide, cervical cancer kills one woman every two minutes. But cervical cancer is a completely preventable illness. The HPV vaccine, offered to all students in Grade 6, and an accurate test that women can take themselves is enough to eliminate the disease altogether.
 
Two Canadian scientists are working hard to bring the tools and awareness to the world to eliminate this deadly disease forever.
24
Jun 2020

Ep. 004: How genomics helped the future of belugas (w/ Dr. Marty Haulena)

When the Vancouver Aquarium lost their two beloved belugas to a mysterious illness, they turned to genomics to help. They were able to completely sequence a beluga genome for the first time. The legacy of Aurora and Qila has helped scientists – and belugas – all over the world.

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The Code of Life is a partnered program of Conversations That Matter, brought to you by GenomeBC. For more information on Genome BC's work, visit https://www.genomebc.ca.

#biology #whales #aquarium

10
Jun 2020

Ep. 003: The future of food and genomics - Shaping how we eat (w/ Lenore Newman & Dan Weary)

The way we ate 1,000 years ago is vastly different from the way we eat now. And two scientists who specialize in how food is produced believe the way we'll eat in 1,000 years will be much different than today.

28
May 2020

Ep. 002: How Genomics is Saving our Honeybees (w/ Leonard Foster & Alison McAfee)

Humans aren't the only ones fighting a pandemic right now. Honey bees are also at risk, under attack by a parasite that is killing millions of colonies around the world. Much like people, honey bees are employing techniques like hygiene and social distancing to survive. But parasites are just one of several threats to the world's honey bees. And scientists are using genomics to search for tools to save them.

13
May 2020

Ep. 001: The COVID-19 Pandemic - One Flight Away (w/ Mel Krajden & Natalie Prystajecky)

In the early stages of a pandemic, the world needs answers fast.  Genomics, the mapping of genes, is helping to find those answers with unprecedented speed. Two scientists at the BC Centre for Disease Control are at the forefront of this global race.  They are using genomics to look for clues that would normally take months, if not years to find. They are using genomics to track transmissions to stop the pandemic and solve the code of COVID-19.

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