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Friday Science Review: Good News, Bad News Edition

Good news: If you happen to be in Montréal on Monday, you should check out the opening of the  Centre de pharmacogénomique Beaulieu-Saucier de l’Université de Montréal (that’s the Beaulieu-Saucier Centre for Pharmacogenomics at the University of Montréal, y’all).  It will be great to see what comes out of this centre for Canadian personalized medicine.

Bad news: If you happen to have been relying on a Nature paper from 2000 in which researchers in Canada and South Korea said they used gene therapy to reverse Type 1 diabetes, you should reconsider.

Good news: If you happen to do a science fair project that dovetails with a Minister’s legislative efforts, you could be famous.  Also, don’t drive and talk.

Bad news: If you were excited about the availability of private clinics in Canada offering CT and PET scans, you should read this new study from the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives first, which found that there are prevalent misconceptions about the safety and regulation of these screening technologies.

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