A picture of Omicron spread in South Africa

The researchers who first reported the Omicron variant have published their findings about the discovery of Omicron a few days ago. I will explain how they discovered Omicron by summarizing some of the findings from their publication1. A recap of Omicron Almost two months ago, I published a blog post about the first reports of Omicron...

COVID-19

A picture of Omicron spread in South Africa

The researchers who first reported the Omicron variant have published their findings about the discovery of Omicron a few days ago. I will explain how they discovered Omicron by summarizing some of the findings...

Free-range SARS-Cov-2 infections in free-ranging white-tailed deer

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! I hope that you are all managing well with the Omicron variant and that you still have been able to spend time with your...

The new B.1.1.529 variant and Canada: a COVID-19 development to monitor

In Canada, we have been very fortunate to see a high vaccination rate and a relatively slow increase in SARS-Cov-2 cases compared with other countries. As a case in point, Ontario is seeing 927...

The UK strain that’s come to Canada – a primer

Two weeks before Christmas, BBC reported of a new SARS-Cov-2 variant spreading in Southeastern England1. Termed lineage B117 or VUI-202012/01, this SARS-Cov-2 variant was first identified in Kent County, England on September 20th and...

PEG and the vaccine: Ensuring safety in SARS-Cov-2 vaccination by monitoring allergic responses

Last evening, an article from Reuters shared by Global News stated that five people who were administered the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech SE experienced an adverse allergic reaction after administration1. Given that...

Bacteria

Staying ahead in the fight against antibiotic resistance: Developing a new class of antibiotics

While the article featured today is behind a paywall, here is the link to the paper anyway. During my PhD, our department holds weekly seminars for graduate students to share their work with their...

Neutrophil neutralized: A way for pathogens to drive cystic fibrosis airway disease

The link to the paper I'm writing about for my first Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Canada blog post can be found here1. As I mentioned in my blog update, I'm now a blogger for CF Canada....

Pseudo-electricity? No, it’s EET! The real thing!

I started out my science career getting my undergraduate degree through a Biology Honours Program. The very first undergraduate course I attended was first year chemistry. During this class, I attended a series of...

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