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Q&A With Contestants in "The Next Big Question" / Phone-in: Chefs Flinn and Willum answer your cooking questions

Fuel For Thought: Questions drive scientific research - whether it's pure or applied. Now and then, a question attracts creative minds from many disciplines - a scientific question whose answer could make a noticeable change to the lives of many.
It's what the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research has dubbed "The Next Big Question".
In April, CIFAR launched the first of seven cross-Canada sessions in Halifax. In each, three scientists give a short presentation to persuade the audience that their field of inquiry holds The Next Big Question for researchers.
The first presenter was Dr Allan H. MacDonald, who received his B.Sc. from St. Francis Xavier University and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Toronto. He was a member of the research staff of the National Research Council of Canada, and since 2000, has taught at the University of Texas at Austin. His question is "Can we create superconductors At Room Temperature ?"
The second presenter was Dr. Steve Scherer, a molecular geneticist. He focuses on understanding how human genes interact to cause disease. Dr. Scherer received international acclaim for his discovery of the regions of the human chromosome that contain genes linked to autism. He was able to identify these regions because he specializes in identifying variations in the structure of the human genome. His question : "What does your genome say about who you are ?"
The final presenter was Dr Marla Sokolowski, a Professor of Biology at the University of Toronto and a Canada Research Chair of Genetics and Behavioural Neurology. Dr. Sokolowski has focused on a "foraging" gene that affects the way fruit flies search for food & identified a single protein that plays a key role in the actions of this gene, which - and here's the application - might be related to the way you & I decide what, when and where to eat. She's using this gene to screen DNA from people with eating disorders in order to gain a deeper understanding of how genetic factors influence human afflictions. Her proposal for The Next Big Question : "Why is destiny not in our genes ?"
After the three scientists made their pitch, audience members asked them questions, in order to help them decide which question would get their vote.
And if you want to read all the contenders for The Next Big Question and vote for your choice, click here.

Get Fresh With Me - Please ! Scratching your head about what to make for supper this evening ? What to prepare when friends drop in for a get-together tomorrow night ?
Well, according to our guests, you can't go wrong if you focus on getting what's fresh. They both take advantage of whatever seasonal, local foods are available - and if you think this isn't a great time of year for edibles which fit that description, think again.
Craig Flinn is the chef and proprietor of Chives Canadian Bistro in Halifax and author of two cookbooks : Fresh & Local and Fresh Canadian Bistro.
Lars Willum is originally from Denmark. He's hosted the Cape Breton cable show Be My Guest and operates his catering company Cape Breton Gourmet in Sydney.
They're full of ideas and helped Maritimers who were wondering about how to incorporate seasonal ingredients like fiddleheads, sorrel and rhubarb in their cooking. They also answered questions about cooking and baking.


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