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GlycoNet: Protein engineering enables better treatment for rare inherited metabolic disorders

As GlycoNet reports: One in every 5,000 Canadian newborns develops lysosomal storage disorders (LSD), a type of metabolic diseases caused by genetic mutations. Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff diseases are amongst the most severe LSD. Children suffering from these diseases lack an enzyme that can recycle used lipids (gangliosides) in their neurons. Eventually, the un-recycled gangliosides accumulate...

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UM Today: Come cheer on this year’s 3MT finalists on March 18

From health to the humanities, the finalists for this year’s 3MT competition are demonstrating how graduate student research at the University of Manitoba benefits our greater community. Seventy-three students applied, 36 competed in three heats, and the judges narrowed it down to 14. Those finalists – both masters and doctoral students – are now gearing...

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Meet biotechnological entrepreneur, Bert Friesen (BSc Hons.’69, MSc ’71, PhD ’81) who helped eliminate Rh disease

When Bert Friesen (BSc Hons.’69, MSc ’71, PhD ’81) looks back over his career as a chemist and entrepreneur, he can do so with a great deal of pride, knowing that his most influential research virtually eliminated a once-deadly blood-borne condition. Known as Rh disease, the disorder occurs when an Rh-negative mother develops antibodies to...

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Share your passion and get others hooked too – Volunteer for Science Rendezvous!

Want to have some fun and share your passions and knowledge with the public, connect with your people and gain some practical skills?   Consider volunteering for Science Rendezvous, the largest celebration of science and engineering in Canada! Where we invite kids, schools, and parents to campus to participate in hands-on fun, and spectacular activities.   ...