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Dr. Peter Phillips Appointed Board Chair

October 7, 2022 / News Release

Genome Prairie is pleased to announce today the appointment of Dr. Peter W.B. Phillips as Chair of its Board of Directors. The appointment as Chair is for a three-year term, open to renewal in 2025.

Genome Prairie Appoints Two New Board Members

October 5, 2022 / News Release

Genome Prairie Inc. announced today the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors, the Honourable JoAnne Buth and Dr. Terrance (Terry) Fonstad.

Can the BIG Project Help Save Canada's Bison?

September 16, 2022 /

More than 100 years of conservation efforts to save the species, the wood bison face another major threat – the spread of disease and a lack of genetic diversity. The Genome Prairie BIG Project aims to solve the problem.

Genome Prairie to Host Indigenous Voices in Science Event

September 14, 2022 /

The event brings together accomplished indigenous individuals who have made a career in science and research to share their life experiences. Panelists will share their stories, including the obstacles faced and successes realized in pursuing their career dreams.

COVID's Next Big Impact?

August 18, 2022 / News Article

Nearly three years since SARS-COVID-19 (conventionally referred to as ‘COVID’) was declared a global pandemic, much of the world is returning to a sense of normality. While the rate of death from the coronavirus may have decreased, researchers like Dr. Andrew Cameron are helping Canada and the world prepare for another near-term COVID threat: coinfections.

Genome Prairie's GENICE II: How Genome Sequencing is Aiming to Better Protect Canada’s Arctic Environment

August 17, 2022 / News Article

The world is warming, and the Canadian Arctic is (literally) melting. Northern passages through seaways once ice-bound and nearly unpassable, are opening to ship traffic. Increasing traffic means a higher risk for accidents like oil and fuel spills. Now researchers from the University of Manitoba are experimenting with portable genome sequencing tools and working with Arctic indigenous communities to help meet the challenge of a changing Arctic environment.

MEDIA RELEASE: Genome Prairie and Genome Canada announce $5.1 million genomics project to protect threatened Canadian bison population

July 14, 2022 / News Release

Funding will support an innovative genomic sequencing project to better protect and conserve the Wood Bison population in Canada.

The Future of Wheat is Now

June 27, 2022 /

The world is projected to have significant food shortages in the years ahead. Does the Genome Prairie-supported 4DWheat project hold one of the keys to feeding humanity?

How SARS-COV-2 Transformed Capacity in the Prairies

June 23, 2022 / News Article

The World Health Organization declared a pandemic. SARS-CoV-2 was spreading through the population, and the systems in place to understand the virus were facing a seemingly insurmountable challenge. Within weeks, the CanCOGeN project turned Saskatchewan and Manitoba public health laboratories into world-class centres for infectious disease genomics.

Quality above Quantity: How Cutting-Edge Lentil Genomics is Poised to Change the Face (and Profitability) of Canadian Agriculture

May 16, 2022 / News Article

Intense genomic research at the University of Saskatchewan Crop Production Centre is helping to keep Canadian pulse producers ahead of intense…