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Canada's Energy Chance

In an Edmonton Journal op-ed piece, Genome Alberta's Gijs Van Rooijen and David Mitchell say that the "genomics revolution that started with the commitment to sequence the human genome is now opening up a whole new avenue to explore" — energy. "Just as a human's genomic profile deter-mines whether an individual has blue or brown eyes, the genomic profile of the bacteria found [living in oil, gas, and oilsands environments] will explain and predict their behavior," Van Rooijen and Mitchell write. "This information will allow oil and gas operators to proactively mitigate negative consequences while assisting with positive outcomes, such as bioremediation."

They note that for Canada to become a leader in the genomics-of-energy space, champions from all sectors across the country must come together to ensure sustainable development.

The Scan

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.

Study Reveals Potential Sex-Specific Role for Noncoding RNA in Depression

A long, noncoding RNA called FEDORA appears to be a sex-specific regulator of major depressive disorder, affecting more women, researchers report in Science Advances.

New mRNA Vaccines Offer Hope for Fighting Malaria

A George Washington University-led team has developed mRNA vaccines for malaria that appear to provide protection in mice, as they report in NPJ Vaccines.

Unique Germline Variants Found Among Black Prostate Cancer Patients

Through an exome sequencing study appearing in JCO Precision Oncology, researchers have found unique pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants within a cohort of Black prostate cancer patients.