Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC), Celebrating 20 years

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Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada Alumni: Interview with Miranda Wang

December 6, 2013

Miranda Wang is a Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada 2012 alumna, whose project with her research partner, Jeanny Yao, looked at the plastic degradative potentials of soil bacteria from the Fraser River area in BC. They collected 14 strains of soil bacteria from contaminated sites along the river, and identified three strains that could efficiently degrade phthalates […]

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Lastest News about SBCC

July 3, 2013

Dear Friends, Partners and Supporters: On behalf of the Board of Directors of Bioscience Education Canada (BEC), I am writing to advise you that BEC has decided not to continue as the national program manager for the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC). As you may know, the future of the SBCC program has been somewhat […]

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BC student takes 4th place prize at International BioGENEius Challenge

April 23, 2013

Coquitlam girl, 17, investigated how genetic mutations naturally help some HIV patients escape symptoms Chicago, IL April 23, 2103 – Selin Jessa of Coquitlam, B.C. has been awarded the fourth place, $1,000 prize in this year’s International BioGENEius Challenge science competition for high school students at the Biotechnology Industry Association’s annual conference in Chicago.

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Investigating how genetic mutations naturally help some HIV patients escape symptoms

April 5, 2013

British Columbia Selin Jessa, 17 Grade 12, Dr. Charles Best Secondary School, Vancouver A British Columbia high school student has joined an internationally-recognized group of researchers at Simon Fraser University studying viral genetic mutations that may one day help HIV patients fight the infection without medication.

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Researching the Genetic Mutation of an HIV Protein Wins Grade 12 Student Entry to National Finals of the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada Competition

April 5, 2013

Vancouver, British Columbia (April 4, 2013) – Innovative research by Selin Jessa, a Grade 12 student from Dr. Charles Best Secondary School in Coquitlam, has earned the top regional prize in the 20thAnnual Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada, a biotechnology research competition that encourages students to pursue future studies and careers in the field of life […]

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Discovering the ability of the teenage brain, SBCC Mentor Profiles, Dr. Kurt Haas, British Columbia

March 21, 2013

Dr. Kurt Haas, University of British Columbia’s Brain Research Centre, Vancouver Discovering the ability of the teenage brain Parents of many 16-year-olds may not believe it but those kids can be responsible and smart enough to do brain research, says Dr. Kurt Haas, a scientist at the University of British Columbia’s Brain Research Centre. “I’ve […]

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Small city, big talent, SBCC Alumni Profiles, Taneille Johnson, British Columbia

March 4, 2013

Small city, big talent At Mile 47 of the Alaska Highway in northeastern British Columbia near the Alberta border is Fort St. John (population 22,000), where oil, agriculture and forestry are the economic mainstays and, for someone interested in biomedicine, early educational opportunities are not easy to reach.

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A local bacteria to solve a local problem: Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao at TED2013

March 1, 2013

Here are Wang and Yao in their Vancouver TED talent submission video. In the Media A local bacteria to solve a local problem: Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao at TED2013 Postmedia News (from Vancouver Sun) 27 February 2013, Jeff Lee Vancouver students take their plastic-eating bacteria ideas to the stage at TED THE NATIONAL, Tue […]

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Video, 2012 Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada, British Columbia

June 14, 2012
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British Columbia, Plastic pollution-eating bacteria

April 25, 2012

The high percentage of plastic at a waste transfer station last summer caught the eye and the concern of two young visiting Vancouverites, Miranda Wang, 18, and Jeanny Yao, 17. They became particularly interested in phthalates – an additive that makes plastic durable and flexible for use in a wide range of consumer products, from […]

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