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Posted from Discovering Biology in a Digital World by Todd Smith on Wed May 13, 2020

COVID-19 Molecular test EUAs summary
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Ending the SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 pandemic requires that we have robust diagnostic tests, effective antiviral drugs, and a vaccine. The front line is testing. As learned in the last post [1] , molecular diagnostic tests are the best way to identify active COVID-19 infections, and ... Read more

Posted from Discovering Biology in a Digital World by Todd Smith on Wed Apr 22, 2020

Molecular profile of a SARS infection
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The numbers of diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2 are exploding.* These tests detect either viral RNA or antibodies to virus particles. But, which is best? That, of course, depends on what question is being asked.

To help communicate how the different kinds of tests work, what they ... Read more

Posted from Discovering Biology in a Digital World by Todd Smith on Mon Apr 13, 2020

Growt of bio databases 2020
NAR databases since 1996. 2019 values are highlighted in red. NAR Database List

I always look forward to the Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) database issue . Typically I cover the issue in January, but I got busy, and then a pandemic broke out, so this year I'm later than usual. Through the delay viruses emerged as ... Read more

By: Todd Smith

COVID 19 Business areas

As the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to increase, so do the numbers of companies that are working on COVID-19 tests, therapeutics, and vaccines. In early March we began tagging companies, in the Biotech-Careers.org database, that are working on COVID-19. Initially there was a small number of companies. By mid March there were 57, and today - April 6 - ... Read more

By: Todd Smith

Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 - This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured i

COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 is on our minds. Each day I do a Goolge search for "COVID 19 counts." Typically I go to https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ , which is a pretty good site. Today my search led me to COVID-19 Maps and Visuals at http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/covid-19/maps-visuals - hosted by my alma mater. This then led me to Coronavirus ... Read more

By: Todd Smith

3D Bioprinter

Biomedical devices combine bio-engineering with medical devices. They can be developed by integrating biomaterials into classical medical devices or be entirely biology derived as in the cases of personalized immunotherapies and regenerative medicine. Biomedical devices are ushering in a new era of biotechnology job demand. Read more

Posted from Discovering Biology in a Digital World by Todd Smith on Fri May 03, 2019

Immunoproteosome

In early April 2019, the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB, Settle WA) hosted its 18th annual symposium. This year's theme focused on translational biology, which is the practice of commercializing research discovery. Over the two-day symposium, the audience was informed about the latest in the research and development of new products for fighting cancer with immunotherapy and combating research to ... Read more

By: Todd Smith

Biotech Companies that work on biomedical devices

One of the great features of the Biotech-Careers.org website is its biotechnology employer database. In Biotech-Careers.org, biotechnology (biotech) employers are companies and other organizations that are engaged in life sciences research, develop drugs and products, or provide services. Biotech is thus defined broadly to capture the breadth and depth of the industry. This broad definition is also used because students ... Read more

Posted from Discovering Biology in a Digital World by Todd Smith on Wed Jan 23, 2019

Growth of NAR BioDBs
NAR databases since 1996. 2019 values are highlighted in red. NAR Database List

I always look forward to the Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) database issue . It's a great way to learn what people are interested in and learn something new. Its also fun to count the number of databases, because each way they're counted, a ... Read more

By: Todd Smith

Automated pipetting

Biotechnology manufacturing is changing from a one-size-fits-all paradigm to single batches of individualized therapeutics and tissues that are tailored to individuals. The new manufacturing processes require large numbers of technicians, which is increasing biotech employment opportunities. The Skills for Biomedical Emerging Technology Applications (NSF-ATE DUE #1800909) is a three-year endeavor to develop education recommendations for the next generation ... Read more