Sidebar: Healthcare Heroes in Wuhan, China

Author's Note The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for our healthcare heroes. As the on-going pandemic continues, many of our healthcare heroes are continually risking their lives to help fight the battle. I personally wanted to celebrate our healthcare heroes by highlighting research that describes the experiences of healthcare professionals. Thus, I hope this … Continue reading Sidebar: Healthcare Heroes in Wuhan, China

Video Sidebar: Wrapping up- Where Did SARS-CoV-2 come from?

Before we launch into the video, we should first define the term "Divergent Evolution," which Demitri defines as: When at least 2 groups of the same species that originate from the same parent species independently acquire differences that are necessary for persistence in their respective environments. You can find out more about divergent evolution here. … Continue reading Video Sidebar: Wrapping up- Where Did SARS-CoV-2 come from?

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)

Video Sidebar: Genetics of SARS-CoV-2

Today's video goes through a genetic and biochemical analysis of SARS-CoV-2 https://videopress.com/v/NabiKugx?preloadContent=metadata References: Slide 1:•       Full sequence for Bat-CoV RaTG13 was not known (not in database) prior to the pandemic. The group that isolated Bat-CoV RaTG13 had originally sequenced just the polymerase. Upon a hit with the SARS-CoV-2 polymerase, the group retrieved the frozen isolate (which … Continue reading Video Sidebar: Genetics of SARS-CoV-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)