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Willie Davidson

Fish research nets Genome BC award

April 2, 2009

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SFU evolutionary geneticist Willie Davidson will receive the 2009 Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence April 8 from LifeSciences B.C. at the biotechnology and medical device association’s 11th annual awards ceremony. Davidson and UVic co-recipient Ben Koop are being recognized for their leadership of the Consortium for Genomic Research on All Salmonids Project. The international group is studying salmonid (salmon and related species such as trout) genetics and developing research tools to advance Atlantic salmon genome mapping, and breed fish that tolerate climate change. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is already using one of the tools, a microarray to study genes and monitor their expression, to investigate what is causing salmon runs to decline in the Fraser River. Reserve award tickets until April 6 at tinyurl.com/czxyrx

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