November 2013 Issue
Be someone’s holiday miracle - It can take many miracles to help save a life. Rally your friends and family to donate blood.
Bailey Paige Phillips was born on August 23, 2013 as a full term baby in Brandon, MB. Bailey has a virus that has messed with her bone marrow; congenital CMV. Bailey got the virus in utero. To date she has received 38 blood product transfusions. Bailey has received packed red blood cells, platelets and immunoglobulin. Currently Bailey needs a platelet transfusion every 3 days. Bailey needs you so she can fight this virus and get home. Christmas Day will be day 125 for Bailey and we would love to see 1000 people donate in honour of Bailey between now and then! Although Bailey may not be home for her first Christmas we would love to one day be able to tell her how many people donated. Please consider donating in honour of Bailey – it may save her life or the life of another. Book your appointment to save a life.
Donate Blood today! Online: www.blood.ca or Phone: 1-888-236-6283
A Brave New World – Genomics is a term that usually conjures images of white lab coats and microscopes, not sweeping vistas of Canadian prairies and field crops ripe for harvesting. But increasingly, crops planted in the spring are at least partially developed in labs in Canada and abroad.
Research and development in genomics has yielded extraordinary results, the full effects of which are usually not felt until years after researchers compile their results, when new varieties hit the market — and then the soil. But recent work in genomics in Canada may change everything for producers both in Canada and the developing world. [READ ARTICLE]
Growth in Global Seed Markets – The first years of the new millennium have been heady times for the global seed industry. According to the International Seed Federation, the value of the international seed trade grew from just over $3.5 billion in 2000 to approximately $10 billion in 2010. Accompanying this growth has been a steady rise in the total value of the industry, now pegged at $50 billion by GfK, an international research company. [READ ARTICLE]
Russia Invests in Seed Industry – Russia plans to raise its seed industry out of a protracted crisis by investing in breeding and research with an eye to increasing yields and profitability. [READ ARTICLE]