From the key concepts of mutation to how coronaviruses get into cells- posts on key background information can be found here.
Dear Readers, I’d like to start by wishing you a happy Canada Day! COVID19 Demystified is a Canadian initiative at its heart, although it has now grown to include people from around the world. The spirit of international collaboration that has taken over this project is also a deeply Canadian concept, and we are proud … Continue reading Letter From the Editor: July 2020
COVID19 Demystified is all about us reading scientific papers and giving you, our readers, a breakdown of the critical findings, conclusions and limitations. That being said, there are plenty of papers out there that aren’t on COVID19, and those papers are pretty awesome. In this post, I’m going to walk you through the basic steps … Continue reading Sidebar: Tips and tricks for reading a scientific paper
By Jacob L. Fine “It’s only a theory!” Heard it before? Like many words in the English language, the word theory has evolved different meanings. Our daily use of the word theory is not in any way related to how the word is used in science. In the context of physics, chemistry and biology, the … Continue reading On Evolution by Natural Selection
This post was reviewed by Dr. Scott Covey, one of our subject matter experts. Our ‘about us’ page very specifically states that ‘the information presented in our posts is all from peer-reviewed, published studies in reputable journals.’ In fact, we’re very strict about that. Our authors are instructed to ensure that anything they write on is … Continue reading Sidebar: A Peek into Peer Review
To our readers, There’s a lot out there that deserves your attention right now, so I’m going to keep this brief. First, we are going to alter our posting schedule slightly beginning from next week. We will put up Demystified or Sidebar posts on Monday and Wednesday, and move our Weekly Recap from Sunday to … Continue reading Letter From the Editor: June 2020
Hello! And welcome to part 4 of our common lab techniques sidebar series. By now you’ve hopefully become an expert on virus titers, PCR, and now, to add another acronym to your vocabulary, ELISA. ELISA stands for Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay. Essentially, it’s a technique to detect if you have a specific protein present in a … Continue reading ELISAs: Science’s K9 unit
Over the last two months, many health experts around the world have begun to tell us that wearing a non-medical or surgical mask can provide work to decrease the number of respiratory droplets we may expel1,2. Facemasks, when used along with proper handwashing and social distancing, can protect from COVID-191. An important question to ask … Continue reading Sidebar: How the different kinds of masks work
Welcome back! This is the second article in a Sidebar series where Manolya, Jamie, and I are offering background on common laboratory experiments. Last time, Manolya went over how the number of viruses in a sample can be estimated using a plaque assay. Today, I will be walking you through one of the most fundamental … Continue reading What’s PCR? A Positively Clear Review of a Possibly Confusing Research tool
Lecture shared with permission from Dr. Selena Sagan of McGill University. This lecture is part of GCRC & Friends, an ongoing public lecture series that interviews leading figures from the Goodman Cancer Research Center. This lecture by Dr. Selena Sagan covers the biology and origins of SARS-CoV-2 and the broader coronavirus family. Speaker details: Dr. … Continue reading Expert lecture- Dr. Selena Sagan (McGill University) on SARS-CoV-2
Welcome my fellow friends to a new short sidebar series! Over the next couple of weeks, I (Manolya Sag) Deanna Kim, and Jamie Lee will be going over some of the most common laboratory techniques many scientists are using to answer questions and make discoveries related to SARS-CoV-2. Many of the techniques we will be … Continue reading Sidebar: I have plaques on my wall to commemorate the virus plaque assay
This article was reviewed by Dr. Brett Finlay, one of our subject matter experts. Welcome to the third immunology issue of Sidebar! If you haven’t browsed through my previous articles introducing the two arms of the immune system and going over the battle tactics of B cells and T cells, I would highly recommend you … Continue reading Sidebar: The Facts on Vax
To Our Dear Readers, Hi! My name is Lasya. I’m the Founder and Editor-in-Chief for COVID19 Demystified. The idea behind COVID19 Demystified began with me (along with every other undergrad) getting kicked out of my lab due to the COVID19 Pandemic. “Go home,” said the lab manager, poking his head quickly out of his office, … Continue reading Letter from the Editor: May, 2020
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