Success stories

 
Researchers working on the Food and Water Safety project funded by the Genomics R&D Initiative developed the bioinformatics capacity needed to ensure Canadians enjoy the full potential of genomics to enhance the safety of Canada's food supply.
Research funded through the Genomics R&D Initiative is helping to overcome a major hurdle on the way to realizing the huge potential of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to treat a wide range of ailments.
With the support of funding from the Genomics R&D Initiative, scientists have refined an existing DNA bar code test, providing a highly accurate way to distinguish quarantine insect species from similar-looking but harmless species. This helps to ensure Canadian agricultural exports are not refused unnecessarily, and invasive species do not enter Canada by mistake.
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Canadian researchers, supported by the Genomics R&D Initiative, have developed a faster and more effective test for drug resistance in HIV—an achievement recognized as a significant contribution to the global effort to eradicate AIDS.
Research funded by the Genomics R&D Initiative will help to reduce the risk posed by listeriosis—the foodborne illness responsible for the deaths of 24 Canadians during an outbreak in 2008.
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With funding provided through the Genomics R&D Initiative, researchers at Health Canada are using genomics technologies to study how exposure to certain chemicals can cause people to develop an allergy to something that has never bothered them before.
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Funding from the Genomics R&D Initiative played a key role in enabling the development of new, genomics-based test that significantly reduces the time and cost involved in tracking the source of Salmonella contamination in the food supply.