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Bacteria living on old-growth trees

A new study by Dr. Zoë Lindo, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Biology at McGill University, and Jonathan Whiteley, a doctoral student in the same department, shows that large, ancient trees may be very important in helping forests grow....

Success of chemotherapy tied to genetics

Genetics may play a role in the success of anti-cancer therapy, according to researchers. Their study, published in today's issue of Clinical Cancer Research, shows that some colorectal cancer patients with a particular gene mutation respond much better to therapy than those without this genetic change.

Redheaded women respond better to painkilling drug

A gene associated with red hair and fair skin may also be responsible for how females respond to painkillers, according to a study conducted by lead researcher Jeffrey Mogil, a McGill University psychology professor, and collaborators in the United States. Results of their study are to be released today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (article #03-0053). "While we believe pain is the same in all women of all hair colours," explained Mogil, "our study shows women with red hair respond better to the pain-killing drug we tested than anyone else -- including men."

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