The Omics Generation on Facebook



    CALGARY, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - Building on the success of their send-a-gene
feature on Facebook, Genome Alberta has launched a new GenOmics Facebook
application built on the NewsCloud Social Media Toolkit.
    The new site at http://apps.facebook.com/genomics will be a one stop
source for genomics and other related 'omics' news including nutrigenomics,
metabolomics, and metagenomics. With a few mouse clicks users can post stories
from around the web, write their own stories or blogs, check out unfiltered
science news feeds from a variety of sources, read featured stories chosen by
the GenOmics Editors, find answers to questions, and share ideas. The
send-a-gene feature is now part of the Facebook GenOmics application and there
are 24 virtual genes for users to send to their friends.
    The user community can also vote up stories, subscribe to an RSS feed,
and by being an active member become eligible for weekly prizes starting in
September.
    Whether you are Gen X, Gen Y, or from the Boomer Generation you are part
of the Omics generation and as part of its outreach mandate, Genome Alberta
created the GenOmics application to share information about this new biology
of the 21st century.
    With the cost of personal genetic testing now well within reach of many
North Americans, advances in stem cell technology regularly making headlines,
and knowledge about genetic diseases advancing rapidly, genomics and genetics
touches everyone. Genome Alberta feels it is important to play an active role
in helping raise awareness by finding a place where the public, industry and
researchers can share information and points of view.

    You can find out more about GenOmics by checking the following urls:
    

    -  From your browser - http://facebook.genomealberta.ca
    -  On Facebook - search for the 'genomics' application
    -  For an overview of GenOmics features -
       http://www.genomealberta.ca/facebook
    

    About Genome Alberta

    Genome Alberta is a publicly funded organization that initiates, funds,
and manages genomics research and partnerships. We were established in 2005 as
part of Alberta's Life Sciences Strategy through an initiative between the
Alberta Government and federally funded Genome Canada.
    Genome Alberta is based in Calgary but leads projects at institutions
around the province and participates in a variety of other projects based
across the country. We are one of Canada's six Genome Centres and work closely
with these centres to advance the science and application of genomics,
metabolomics and many of the related 'omics'.
    Apart from the scientific contributions and advances that comes from our
research we contribute directly to the economy and have put almost 20 million
dollars into salaries, benefits and consumables since we were created in mid
2005.
    We are open to new research initiatives and can facilitate research
through our ability to co-ordinate public and private funding, monitor the
work through our independent science review process and provide specialised
science project management services.




For further information:

For further information: To arrange an interview, found out more about
GenOmics features, or to inquire about getting your news stories on GenOmics,
please contact Mike Spear, Director of Communications, Genome Alberta, ph:
(403) 503-5222, cell: (403) 813-5843, e-mail: mspear@genomealberta.ca,
Twitter: @mikesgene

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