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Recent events, awards, and media releases from the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre
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Jun 15, 2010

BC Scientists develop new drug candidate for prostate cancer

Dr. Marianne Sadar, Senior Scientist, Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency, and Dr. Raymond Andersen, Professor, University of British Columbia have published their latest research on the treatment of prostate cancer in the June15th issue of the journal Cancer Cell.

Apr 30, 2010

2010 Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence

Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence was won by Drs. Marco Marra, Rob Holt, and Steven Jones of the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre at the BC Cancer Agency was presented on April 14th at the 2010 LifeSciences British Columbia Awards Gala at the new Vancouver Convention Centre.

Jan 18, 2010

BC Cancer Agency lymphoma discovery

Researchers at the BC Cancer Agency have identified a never before seen mutation (or DNA spelling mistake) in the EZH2 gene, in the two most common types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. No other types of lymphoma or other cancers have been found to contain this particular mutation.

Oct 08, 2009

Widespread News coverage of Breast Cancer discovery published in Nature.

Marco Marra, director of the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, was interviewed on CBC, Global TV and CTV. Additionally, many newspapers around the world reported this major advance in cancer research. The study published in Nature was funded by the BC Cancer Foundation; Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC/Yukon region; Canadian Institutes for Health Research; Genome Canada; Genome BC; the Canada Foundation for Innovation; the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research; and the National Cancer Institute, USA.

Jun 03, 2009

Genome Science and Technology Program

Genome Science and Technology Program for UBC Grad Students.

Oct 10, 2008

New Epigenomics Initiative

BC Cancer Agency Genome Sciences Centre plays a key role in an NIH-funded, multi-centre epigenomics project.

Feb 19, 2007

Regulatory module update in human and mouse cisRED databases

cisRED’s human 8.1 and mouse 2.1 databases offer two updates: extended regulatory module predictions, and a genome browser display for each search region.

Nov 07, 2006

ORegAnno adds UCSC genome browser track

Official UCSC genome browser track added for human records. Support for other species to follow.

Jul 07, 2006

ORegAnno hits 3000 records

The ORegAnno community ( ) recently curated its 500th unique publication. The database now represents over 3,000 experimentally proven regulatory sequences and polymorphisms. This dataset is open access and freely available to the public.

Jan 16, 2006

FASSI 0.1 released

The fingerprint and assembly incorporation software (FASSI) has been released. This stand-alone application calculates BAC end length constraints from clone fingerprint map contigs created by the FPC package. These constraints are used to promote the linkage and guide the arrangement of sequence contigs during the whole-genome shotgun sequence assembly process.

Oct 25, 2005

cisRED database paper accepted for publication in NAR

A manuscript describing the cisRED regulatory element discovery system and database has been accepted for publication in the January 2006 Database Issue of Nucleic Acids Research.

Oct 14, 2005

Open Regulatory Annotation Database Released

The Open REGulatory ANNOtation database (ORegAnno) is an open database for the curation of known regulatory elements from scientific literature. Visit it at

Apr 21, 2005

First multi-species build of regulatory element database available

The cisRED database of computationally predicted regulatory elements has been updated to include an initial pilot set of predictions for 244 mouse genes, as well as v1.1b of human regulatory element predictions, which has been expanded to ~7K genes.

Apr 18, 2005

Signs of Aging

BC Cancer Agency Scientist evaluate genes associated with longevity.

Dec 17, 2004

Human regulatory element database released

The cisRED database of computationally predicted regulatory elements has been updated to include an initial pilot set of predictions for 244 mouse genes, as well as v1.1b of human regulatory element predictions, which has been expanded to ~7K genes.

Nov 08, 2004

OSCAR 4.0 Released

The Genome Sciences Centre, in collaboration with the OSCAR working group, is pleased to announce the release of the latest version of the Open Source Cluster Application Resources (OSCAR) toolkit, version 4.0.

May 21, 2004

Sockeye 1.2 Released

Sockeye has reached 1.2 status. The latest version of the 3D genome visualisation software is now available for Linux, Windows and Solaris. This software was produced by the Gene Regulation (Informatics) group and is funded by Genome Canada . The new release now contains the ability to dynamically generate primer predictions using the Primer3 program. Details of this feature can be found here .

May 12, 2004

DiscoverySpace 3.2.1 update adds SAGE tag mapping

The new CMOST (Comprehensive Mapping of SAGE Tags) plug-in is based on a sophisticated algorithm that improves the assignment of SAGE results to their likely transcripts by mapping up to 90% of the experimental tags. In addition, the new release contains an improved GO Browser and a reworked 2D Expression Viewer.

Apr 29, 2004

Chinook Honoured

Chinook has been awarded the 2004 BCNet "Best Overall Application Award" in the "Coolest Application" competition at the 4th Annual BCNet 2004 Conference. The award was made to Stephen Montgomery, lead developer. Chinook is a peer-to-peer (P2P) bioinformatics service. The goal of the Chinook platform is to facilitate exchange of analysis techniques within a local community and/or worldwide. Chinook operates by turning command-line applications into services which are broadcast over a virtual network. Currently, there are over 10 analysis services that have been made "Chinook-ready". These range from alignment to regulation prediction algorithms. Furthermore, Chinook is designed to make it extremely easy to add new services. This is facilitated using XML.

Apr 19, 2004

GSC Bioinformatics platform is moving

All computer services provided by the Genome Sciences Centre will be down from 6 pm Thursday, April 22nd until approximately 9 am Monday, April 26th. This includes the GSC web site, collaborator access to web and ftp data, and access to all services (e.g. DiscoverySpace).

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