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July 8, 2020
Massive blocks of genes—inherited together ‘plug and play’ style—may play a larger role in evolutionary adaption than previously thought, according to new research in Nature. Biologists identified 37 of these so-called ‘supergenes’ in wild sunflower populations, and found they govern the modular...
June 25, 2020
UBC microbiologists and chemists have received $2.5 million in support of research aimed at addressing the health challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. François Jean, Bob Hancock and David Perrin are among the 19 researchers at UBC receiving a combined total of $14.3 million in grants in the latest...
June 23, 2020
An international team of astrophysicists, including researchers at UBC, have detected the ‘extremely loud’ merger of a black hole with a mystery compact object—the most asymmetric gravitational-wave source yet observed. GW190814, the merger of a heavy black hole with an unidentified compact object...
June 16, 2020
There may be as many as one Earth-like planet for every five Sun-like stars in the Milky way Galaxy, according to new estimates by University of British Columbia astronomers using data from NASA’s Kepler mission. To be considered Earth-like, a planet must be rocky, roughly Earth-sized and orbiting...
June 15, 2020
Thanks to a fourth retinal colour cone that can detect ultraviolet light, hummingbirds see an array of combination colours involving UV that humans are blind to, according to new research by Princeton and UBC zoologists. “Humans are colour-blind compared to birds and many other animals,” said Mary...
June 10, 2020
Since their reintroduction to the Pacific coast in the 1970s, the sea otters’ rapid recovery and voracious appetite for tasty shellfish such as urchins, clams and crabs has brought them into conflict with coastal communities and fishers, who rely on the same valuable fisheries for food and income....
June 9, 2020
UBC Science stands in solidarity with the Black community. We support our colleagues around the world participating in #ShutDownSTEM on June 10, 2020, and like-minded actions across academia. Recent anti-Black, anti-Asian and anti-Indigenous violence and discrimination in communities across North...
June 3, 2020
Public health authorities around the world are facing a significant challenge: ensuring a large enough supply of reagents to scale-up diagnostic testing for COVID-19. Researchers at UBC, Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre at BC Cancer (GSC) and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)...
June 1, 2020
Warming ocean temperatures and acidification drastically reduce the skeletal strength and filter-feeding capacity of glass sponges, according to new UBC research. The findings, published in Scientific Reports, indicate that ongoing climate change could have serious, irreversible impacts on the...
May 12, 2020
University of British Columbia marine biologist Amanda Vincent has won the 2020 Indianapolis Prize, the world’s foremost award for animal conservation, for her trailblazing work to protect seahorses and other marine life.   The influential prize recognizes conservationists who have made...

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