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Friday Science Review: March 20, 2009

I had a hard time finding news-making Canadian science stories this week; but in the meantime, here’s a  “numbers” edition of the Friday Science Review:

  • Number of Canadians with cancer: Statistics Canada released its latest figures, showing that of all persons living in Canada on January 1, 2005, 695,000 had been diagnosed with an invasive cancer at some point in the previous 10 years.  That includes the 1 in every 111 women diagnosed with breast cancer, and the 1 in every 118 men diagnosed with prostate cancer.  The headline number shows an increase in the number of Canadians living with cancer; but that’s due to the earlier detection of cancer and improving survival.
  • Number of Canadians who could be helped by nanotech packaging: 11 million Canadians suffer from food-borne illnesses, some of which could be prevented by rapid nanoparticle-based testing.  Nanoparticles could also be used in packaging to signal when food has passed its best-before date.
  • Number of centimeters long you have to be to qualify as the “T-Rex of the Cambrian Period”: twenty.  At the time, most creatures were no bigger than a fingernail … although how could you tell, since there were no fingernails at the time?!? (har.)
  • Number of mussels needed to make a tube of a new medical adhesive: mussels don’t make adhesive, people make adhesive.  Duh.  Here’s a cool story, though, about a new adhesive based on a protein that marine mussels use to stick to rocks.
  • Number of volunteers needed for a 3-way crossover study to show bioequivalence: twenty-three, at least for SemBioSys Genetics Inc.’s trial of its plant-produced human insulin.

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