Using DNA strands to design new polymer materials

Published: 19Dec2017

McGill University researchers have chemically imprinted polymer particles with DNA strands – a technique that could lead to new materials for applications ranging from biomedicine to the promising...

A ‘printing press’ for nanoparticles

Published: 7Jan2016

Gold nanoparticles have unusual optical, electronic and chemical properties, which scientists are seeking to put to use in a range of new technologies, from nanoelectronics to cancer treatments.

Understanding the effects of genes on human traits

Published: 1Aug2013

Recent technological developments in genomics have revealed a large number of genetic influences on common complex diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, cancer or schizophrenia. However, discovering...

Chronic pain changes our immune systems

Published: 28Jan2016

By Cynthia LeeNewsroom Chronic pain may reprogram the way genes work in the immune system, according to a new study by McGill University researchers published in the journal Scientific Reports.  

DNA ‘cages’ may aid drug delivery

Published: 3Sep2013

Nanoscale “cages” made from strands of DNA can encapsulate small-molecule drugs and release them in response to a specific stimulus, McGill University researchers report in a new study. ...

Same gene can encode proteins with divergent functions

Published: 11Feb2016

By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom It’s not unusual for siblings to seem more dissimilar than similar: one becoming a florist, for example, another becoming a flutist, and another becoming a physicist.

From backyard pool chemical to nanomaterial

Published: 1Mar2016

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom Could a cheap molecule used to disinfect swimming pools provide the key to creating a new form of DNA nanomaterials?

Building tailor-made DNA nanotubes step by step

Published: 23Feb2015

Researchers at McGill University have developed a new, low-cost method to build DNA nanotubes block by block – a breakthrough that could help pave the way for scaffolds made from DNA strands to be...

Early life adversity affects broad regions of brain DNA

Published: 10Oct2012

Early life experience results in a broad change in the way our DNA is “epigenetically” chemically marked in the brain by a coat of small chemicals called methyl groups, according to researchers at...