Your missing links are here (31 July 2020)

Some of the best stuff we picked up around the Internet

By: Rasmus Kragh Jakobsen - Jul. 31, 2020

Top picks




  • The explosion of new coronavirus tests that could help to end the pandemic. Research groups around the world are devising diagnostic tests that go beyond the gold standard PCR, and churn out millions of tests a week. Some use CRISPR gene-editing to home in on genetic snippets of SARS-CoV-2.
  • Promising results in BioRxiv preprint. Rapid, sensitive and specific SARS coronavirus-2 detection: a multi-center comparison between standard qRT-PCR and CRISPR-based DETECTR.
  • Anthony Fauci interview by Ed Yong on The Atlantic.
  • George Church and other scientist are sniffing home-made COVID19 vaccines.

Vision and opinion


Heh, huh, wow

  • The making of a scientist. Nobel Laureate Mario Capecchi’s story is a story of hope for those who struggle early in life. »… at age 4½, I set off on my own. I headed south, sometimes living in the streets, sometimes joining gangs of other homeless children, sometimes living in orphanages, and most of the time being hungry...« Mario Capecchi, born 1937, spent years on the streets in Italy and nearly died of malnutrition in a hospital. In 2007, he was awarded the Medicine Prize »for their discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells«.
  • Say moo to Cosmo the CRISPR calf, and the many CRISPR challenges the scientists ran into. UCDavis also has the story.
  • Lab-grown sperm could let infertile men have gene-edited children.


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