By: Todd Smith

mRNA Vaccine Manufacture and Supply Chain Thumbnail

About a month ago Jonas Neubert started an excellent detailed living blog: Exploring the Supply Chain of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines [1]. Neubert’s first, and subsequent posts, have focused on mRNA vaccines, covering their development, their production, and supply chain issues. His posts are highly detailed and well-referenced, but could benefit from a diagram of the ... Read more

This article was contributed by Lisa Proulx, Public Information Officer, Great Bay Community College The Life Sciences Department of Great Bay Community College offers programs in three specialized areas in Bioengineering, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences. Information is available at (link is external) Great Bay Community College is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire, a public system of higher education consisting of seven colleges in Berlin, Claremont, Laconia, Concord, Manchester, Nashua, and Portsmouth.

GBCC student  Photo credit:  GBCC

Graduates of Great Bay Community College are working in the research labs where vaccines for COVID-19 are being developed, on the front lines where people are getting tested for the disease and in hospitals and clinics, where the therapeutics are being administered.

The involvement of Great Bay alumni in every stage of the largest public health ... 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 , which is a pretty good site. Today my search led me to COVID-19 Maps and Visuals at - hosted by my alma mater. This then led me to Coronavirus ... Read more

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


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

Posted from Discovering Biology in a Digital World by Todd Smith on Tue Jan 30, 2018

MHC-I with antigen from Molecule World

Lately I’ve been thinking about immunology, and not just because it is flu season, it is because Digital World Biology (DWB) is collaborating with Shoreline Community College to design a five-week bioinformatics course that will be component of their one year immuno-biotechnology certificate (1).

An aspect of the course will cover the ways in which industry studies and utilizes ... Read more