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Preserving genes – one package at a time

July 19th, 2017

Using the mail to preserve genetic diversity may sound odd to most people, but then again, most people don’t work at Canadian Animal Genetic Resources in Saskatoon. Co-located with the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Carl Lessard and his team receive the scrotums of recently deceased animals. “Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Canadian Animal Genetic Resources (CAGR) program has …

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White-crowned sparrows get the worms

A mass of white worms writhe in between the organs of the white-crowned sparrow that our team is dissecting this morning. Our initial shock at seeing the worms turns into concern: almost a third of the birds in our study have already had these worms in their body cavity and air sacs. We’re all asking the same question: How are …

July 13th, 2017 Full story »

Discovering the equine small intestine

Until recently, the inside – or lumen— of a live horse’s small intestine was beyond the reach of traditional imaging modalities and remained a mystery to veterinarians. But a group of researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) have been working on a diagnostic tool that promises to overcome these limitations. In collaboration with Khan Wahid from the …

July 06th, 2017 Full story »

Advanced treatment for canine cancer

For a pet owner, the worst news in the world is hearing that your furry best friend has cancer. That was exactly the case for dog owners Lisa and Chris. “It was the worst day ever,” says Lisa, recounting the day they found out their 12-year-old Boston terrier Oakley had a nasal tumour. “We’d go to bed at night and …

June 20th, 2017 Full story »

New fish imaging mode could reduce harm

Because fish are a valuable tool for determining whether environmental contamination has occurred, scientists commonly use them for environmental assessments. Unfortunately, gathering this information requires lethal sampling – the fish have to be removed from the population and euthanized so they can be dissected and analysed. That’s a concern to Dr. Lynn Weber, a toxicologist at the Western College of …

June 16th, 2017 Full story »