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Could an antiviral used to treat cat coronavirus hold key to treat COVID-19?

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U of A researchers study an antiviral used to treat cat coronavirus; can it be a treatment for COVID-19?

(Left to right) University of Alberta scientists Dr. Joanne Lemieux, with the Department of Biochemistry, Dr. Lorne Tyrrell, founding director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology and Dr. John Vederas with the Department of Chemistry are combining their labs’ efforts to test this viral inhibitor against the new coronavirus.

Scientists across Canada are racing on developing and implementing countermeasures to rapidly detect, manage, reduce the transmission, treat and to one day cure the COVID-19 virus. Since the start of March, the Canadian government has funded 96 different scientific projects totalling $52.6 million dollars in funding.

One of the funded studies by a group of University of Alberta scientists is getting extra attention from the general public. It is a study of an antiviral that is used to treat cats with a deadly feline coronavirus called, Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).

Dr. Joanne Lemieux, with the U of A’s  Department of Biochemistry, Dr. Lorne Tyrrell, founding director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology and Dr. John Vederas with the Department of Chemistry are combining their labs’ efforts to test this viral inhibitor against the new coronavirus that is causing the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The trio’s labs are working 7-days a week come to some conclusions and to get results as fast as they can.

Read an extended story on this subject from the University of Alberta Folio’s by Gillian Rutherford.

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Link to read about the current 96 different scientific projects that received $52.6 million from the Canadian government since March 2020.

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Son helped dump body in slough: Sentencing hearing for Alberta woman who shot husband

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EDMONTON — Crown and defence lawyers say an Alberta woman who pleaded guilty to shooting her husband and dumping his body in a slough should spend up to 18 years in prison.

Helen Naslund pleaded guilty in March to manslaughter in the September 2011 shooting of 49-year old Miles Naslund on a farm near Holden, Alta. 

The couple’s son, Neil Naslund, pleaded guilty to offering an indignity to human remains. 

The mother and son were initially charged with first-degree murder

Both are in court in Edmonton today for sentencing hearings.

An agreed statement of facts says there had been a domineering pattern of abuse in the marriage.

It says Helen Naslund shot her husband twice in the back of his head with a 22-calibre pistol when he was in bed.

The statement of facts says she and her son put the body in a metal truckbox and used a boat to dump it in a swampy area. 

It says they threw the gun in another slough and buried the victim’s car in a farmer’s field,

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 30, 2020.

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Imperial Oil reports $3-million profit in Q3, production up from previous quarter

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CALGARY — Imperial Oil Ltd. posted a profit of $3 million in its latest quarter down from a profit of $424 million in the same quarter last year.

The company says the profit amounted to zero cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with a profit of 56 cents per diluted share a year ago.

Revenue totalled $5.96 billion, down from $8.74 billion in the same quarter last year.

Imperial says production averaged 365,000 gross oil-equivalent barrels per day, compared with 407,000 in the same period of 2019.

However, production was up from 347,000 gross oil-equivalent barrels per day in the second quarter of 2020.

Refinery throughput averaged 341,000 barrels per day, compared with 363,000 in the third quarter of 2019.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 30, 2020.

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