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U of T to transform regenerative medicine thanks to historic $114-million federal grant

Author: 
Terry Lavender

The University of Toronto is set to cement its position as one of the world’s leading centres for the design and manufacture of cells, tissues and organs that can be used to treat degenerative disease, thanks to a $114-million grant from the federal government.

Why Tyrannosaurus and other predators had such fearsome teeth

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Serrated tooth structure allowed predators to tear through other dinosaurs
Author: 
Elaine Smith

The Tyrannosaurus rex – and other theropod dinosaurs feared and loved by children everywhere – had a unique, deeply serrated tooth structure, researchers at the University of Toronto have discovered.

How stem cell research and regenerative medicine saved this man's life

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Jonathan Furneaux shares his story about the impact of Medicine by Design
Author: 
Alan Christie

Jonathan Furneaux flew in from St. John’s for a news conference at the University of Toronto July 28.

But just 18 months ago he was sure he would not be alive to see the day.

Bruce Kidd: sprinter Dutee Chand’s historic win for right to compete “affirms women exactly as they are”

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UTSC principal supported case defending naturally high testosterone levels
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Nineteen-year-old Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has won the right to compete internationally, in a first-of-its-kind ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Canada's economy: should forest fires, drought, oil spills and a decline in the dollar make you worried?

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Economic forecaster from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management offers optimistic outlook
Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

The Canadian dollar sank to its lowest level in more than a decade this week and across the country the news making headlines included drought, forest fires, oil spills and increased demand at food banks. 

But when it comes to Canada’s future, economic forecaster Peter Dungan is optimistic – even if the dollar dips lower in the short term.

This startup combines genomics with one of technology's hottest fields: deep learning

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Meet Deep Genomics, a privately-held company that seeks to harness the power of deep learning to transform medicine
Author: 
Marit Mitchell

It’s the first startup in the world to combine more than a decade of world-leading expertise in the fields of both deep learning and genome biology.

Its goal: to transform the way genetic diseases are diagnosed and treated.

Meet the latest U of T athlete to win Pan Am gold

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Trampoline's Rosie MacLennan follows badminton's Michelle Li and rowing's Kate Sauks
Author: 
Alan Christie

The University of TorontoRosie MacLennan won a gold medal in trampoline on July 19 – but almost didn’t get a chance to compete.

The grad student suffered a concussion three weeks ago and a Canadian Olympic Committee official told U of T News “it was touch and go whether she would be named to the team.”

In a one-on-one interview at Canada House at the Hilton Hotel on July 20, MacLennan, 26, dismissed such thoughts.

How bass are wiping out vulnerable fish species and what that tells us about climate change

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U of T researchers share way to predict vulnerability of animals, plants
Author: 
Sean Bettam

If it seems like you’re pulling more bass than trout out of Ontario’s lakes this summer, you probably are.

Blame it on the ripple effect of climate change and warming temperatures. Birds migrate earlier, flowers bloom faster, and fish move to newly warmed waters putting local species at risk.

To mitigate the trend and support conservation efforts, scientists at the University of Toronto are sharing a way to predict which plants or animals may be vulnerable to the arrival of a new species.

Satoru Iwata: why a generation is mourning the loss of Nintendo's CEO

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Global outpouring of affection reflects gaming industry's heft and the impact of leader who embraced social media
Author: 
Terry Lavender with files from Krisha Ravikantharaja

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata’s death on July 11 from a bile duct tumor has led to an outpouring of tributes from video game fans around the world on Twitter and other social media channels. 

Hello Pluto: why NASA's New Horizons travelled 4.7 billion kilometres just to see a former planet

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Understanding the dwarf planet will help us better understand Earth, says Christa Van Laerhoven

 

On July 14, 2015 the New Horizons spacecraft sped past the dwarf planet Pluto  at 14 km per second, after a nine-year journey of almost 5 billion kilometres.

The probe contains an array of scientific equipment which will provide scientists with a wealth of data and give us the most detailed images yet of the distant world.

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