#COVID19 Journal Club: “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Environmental Contamination and Childbirth”

A short article here from our prolific collaborators at the University of Oregon, “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Environmental Contamination and Childbirth”.  Basically they are looking here at the risk of the spreading of the virus during childbirth… and show that an asymptomatic carrier results in environmental contamination.  …

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Finding Your Science Policy Path

This post was contributed by Steph Guerra, a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Veterans Health Administration. “But, seriously, what even is science policy?”  I have been asked this many times throughout my short science policy career and this seemingly simple question is a moving target. There are …

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#COVID19 Journal Club: “An Overview on the Role of Relative Humidity in Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in Indoor Environments”

A review article this time, “An Overview on the Role of Relative Humidity in Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in Indoor Environments“.  It’s pretty much all there in the title… they looked at the state of current research and tried to summarize it here, specifically with an eye towards actionable choices …

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A Comparison Between dCas9-VP64, SAM, SunTag, VPR, and More!

Prior to the discovery of CRISPR/Cas systems, gene activation across multiple loci was an arduous process. When using zinc finger proteins or TALE proteins, proteins had to be re-engineered for each gene, making wide-scale gene activation seem next to impossible. The development of CRISPR/Cas systems, however, greatly improved the simplicity …

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Product Crush // Please more bitter with bitter love

More bitter, please! Discover the power of bitter substances! Bitter substances are so important and belong in a balanced diet. But bitter substances have largely disappeared from food as a result of industrialization. Our sense of taste is no longer in its original state, but changed by the excessive supply …

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the microbiology of the Built Environment network

home .Featured, Coronavirus #COVID19 Preprint Journal Club: “Investigation of a superspreading event preceding the largest meat processing plant-related SARS-Coronavirus 2 outbreak in Germany” https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cudahy_Packing_Co,_Omaha,_Nebraska_-_NARA_-_5890560.jpg This is arguably getting a bit outside the built environment mandate and more into epidemiology and disease transmission, but I thought this was an interesting paper …

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Prop 14 polling on CIRM re-funding stays moderately upbeat

The State of California is considering re-funding its stem cell agency, CIRM, to the tune of more than $5 billion dollars, but the issue has generated surprisingly little media attention. The main coverage has been by David Jensen over at California Stem Cell Report. Prop 14 polling data non-existent in …

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