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Farah Qaiser

Molecular Genetics

University of Toronto

Farah Qaiser is a graduate student at the University of Toronto, where she uses DNA sequencing to better understand neurological disorders. When not in the lab, Farah is involved in various science policy, outreach and communication initiatives in an effort to build an engaging and inclusive science culture here in Canada. Of note, Farah writes stories about science and scientists for various media outlets, has led Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons to address the encyclopedia’s gender biases, and is one of the co-founders of the Toronto Science Policy Network.

Farah has authored 7 articles

Climate change's future of pain and disease isn't imminent, it's already here

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A new Lancet Countdown report presents the lifelong health consequences that a child born today will face

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This OB-GYN is waging war on Goop products, pseudoscience, and health misinformation

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Dr. Jen Gunter launches the Jensplaining digital series and The Vagina Bible to fight against health misinformation

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People trust scientists, says landmark survey, but there are troubling trends

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Landmark Wellcome Global Monitor report surveyed over 140,000 people in 140 countries

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Meet Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya: the Russian mathematician who pushed through the Iron Curtain

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In spite of personal tragedy, dire political circumstances and deteriorating health, her passion for mathematics burned bright

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Scientists are fostering public trust on social media, one selfie at a time

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A new study finds empirical evidence that #ScientistsWhoSelfie is an effective communication tool

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Short, glassy buildings are a bird’s worst nightmare

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Windows are a gauntlet of mirrors and invisible walls

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A new comprehensive report shows how women in STEM face huge disadvantages

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A prestigious medical journal provides overwhelming evidence for systemic barriers

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For medical students who can't decide which specialty to pursue, maybe a Sorting Hat is the answer

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Two physician-scientists surveyed 251 medical residents about their current medical specialty and which Hogwarts house they belonged to

Scientists analyze centuries-old DNA to investigate French revolutionary's mysterious skin condition

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Was scabies, syphilis or atopic eczema the reason why Jean-Paul Marat was in the bath when he was assassinated?

Rapid analysis shows that the 2019-nCoV coronavirus resembles viruses from bats

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Another publication suggests that this coronavirus enters cells in a similar manner to SARS

How many things can scientists name -Seq? Let us count the ways

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From lettuce to cat poop to human cells, we're ready to sequence it all

Good news: Canadian Arctic seals have not been eating plastics

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Publishing null results helps us understand where wildlife is safe from plastic ingestion

A new test for cystic fibrosis takes just two minutes and a scrape across the forehead

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Availability of better tests could lead to earlier diagnosis, which is crucial for effective management of the disease

Genomics has a diversity problem. Here's how scientists are tackling it

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At ASHG, researchers are seeing that using only data from white Europeans is leading to incorrect conclusions

You should wash your rice to reduce heavy metal contamination

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Yes, washing rice involves sacrificing some of its nutritional value, but it also reduces the level of heavy metals present

Scientists tried to make knives out of frozen human poop

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They wondered: is it possible to cut animal hides with a human feces blade?

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Scientists have shown the perfect way to make pancakes, and that has huge implications

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Some science is labeled "silly" by the media and politicians, but don't be fooled — simple research is extremely important

Molly Sargen

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Listen to your parents when they tell you to tidy up: it's good for your brain

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Neuroscience and psychology findings support the KonMari Method

Ive Velikova

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Who owns your cells?

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Property rights get messy when DNA is involved

Sarah Kearns

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