Q-Z of Research: Science to English Dictionary, Part 3

This is the fourth instalment of our Science to English dictionary. Our first instalment can be found here, the second instalment can be found here and the third instalment can be found here. R Randomized For this definition, let’s look at the simplest possible set up. Imagine you are doing an experiment on whether wearing … Continue reading Q-Z of Research: Science to English Dictionary, Part 3

J-P of Research (Science to English Dictionary: Part 3)

This is the second instalment of our Science to English dictionary. You can find our first instalment (with terms from A-C) here and our second instalment (D-I) here. L Latent Infection A latent infection can happen when you’re infected by a virus that is able to ‘hide out’ in your cells in a dormant state … Continue reading J-P of Research (Science to English Dictionary: Part 3)

A Peek at Pfizer’s Vaccine Candidate

This post was reviewed by Dr. Zachary Benet, one of our subject matter experts. The paper we’re demystifying today can be found here, if you’d like to follow along. TL;DR BNT162b1 is an RNA-based vaccine against SARS-CoV-2. This Phase 1/2 clinical data is promising, because it shows that vaccination causes a strong antibody response, including neutralizing … Continue reading A Peek at Pfizer’s Vaccine Candidate

D-I of Research (Science to English Dictionary: Part 2)

This is the second instalment of our Science to English dictionary. You can find our first instalment (with terms from A-C) here! D Dependent variable To explain independent and dependent variables, let’s look at a very simple setup: Imagine you have a toy car speeding down a ramp and you want to know how far … Continue reading D-I of Research (Science to English Dictionary: Part 2)

The ABCs of Research (Science to English Dictionary: Part 1)

This is the first instalment in a new sidebar series. In this series, I'm going to attempt to list and define some common terms in life science research. The idea is for these posts to act as a reference for anyone who wants to read through a paper that hasn't been demystified yet. A lot … Continue reading The ABCs of Research (Science to English Dictionary: Part 1)