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U of L researchers uncover cancer information

Posted on August 1, 2018 by Lethbridge Sun Times

Researchers at the University of Lethbridge have uncovered more information about how cancers start.
They’ve discovered interactions between “microRNA” molecules and more specialized “transfer RNA” can affect cell death as well as cell reproduction. RNA — ribonucleic acid — is one of the building blocks of life, along with DNA.
Biologists Olga and Igor Kovalchuk recently published results of their ongoing studies in the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences in the U.S.A., a professional journal. They are collaborating with researchers at the University of Michigan, Boston University and Qiqihar Medical University in China.
“This is the first time that anybody has shown such interaction is possible,” says Olga Kovalchuk in a recent new release. And that “it is actually functional, that it regulates biological processes, and also the processes that contribute to cancer,” she says.
Understanding these processes is important, she explains, because “these processes are pivotal for cancer, because cancer cells get unlimited capacity to divide, and no capacity to die.”
Teacher finds sci-fi success
St. Patrick’s teacher Caryn Lix has achieved major literary success with the publishing of her first novel “Sanctuary.” Lix held a local launch event at Chapter’s in Lethbridge Saturday night, and she is thrilled with the reception the young adult Science Fiction novel has already received.
“We had a great turnout Saturday, and we actually sold out (all copies in) the store,” Lix told the Herald on Sunday. “The book is coming out from Simon & Schuster, which is one of the big five publishers. I have an amazing agent who has been active in promoting me. But I also think it is just that Science Fiction is big right now.
“We are kind of on the cusp of more exploration of the solar system, and that is really exciting to people. So Science Fiction is having its moment right now.”
Lix said it also helps that teen fiction, especially teen Science Fiction like hers, has been the biggest selling market in the publishing world for much of the past decade. “Sanctuary” definitely fits the mould, combining super-powered teens, space travel and alien invasions between its covers.
Recreational flyers hopeful
While the City says it has no plans to change the way the airport is run in the near term after assuming ownership over it from Lethbridge County, local recreational flyers are hoping more thought could be given to helping grow the local flying community going forward.
“Our club is about 45 members strong,” says Glen Brown, president of the Lethbridge Sports Flyers Club and local COPA Flight No. 24. “Most of the planes owned by our club members are on various private grass strips located close to Lethbridge. What we are looking for is maybe increasing the recreational presence at the airport.
“With the County there has been quite a focus on commercial interests,” he goes on to explain, “and what we would be looking for with the change over time to do things with the City that will increase the recreational presence at the airport.”
Exhibit highlights Japanese-Canadian baseball
Japanese Canadians have earned recognition in many southern Alberta sports.
And years ago, it was baseball where they excelled.
A new exhibit, running until September at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, will revive memories of those teams — and their troubled times.
“The story of Nikkei baseball in Canada is one of adversity, incredible hardships, ingenious strategy and perseverance,” says James Phelan, special event manager at Nikka Yuko.
“In this Nikkei story the ball diamond became a battleground, where players fought to define their identity, community and to assert their citizenship.”
It deserves recognition as “a true epic in the anthology of Canadian sports,” he says, and should be studied and celebrated.
The exhibit, “Sugar Beets and Shortstops” is a collaboration between the Galt Museum and Archives, the Japanese Garden and the Lethbridge Bulls — springing from the Nisei Baseball Research Project.

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