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Massimo Caine

About Massimo

Massimo, molecular biologist, is constantly on a mission to inspire scientists and laypeople around him with his passion for science. During the time spent on the bench, he followed his natural all-around curiosity, investigating several topics from medical diseases to plant physiology. Head of TheScienceBreaker, Massimo proudly chases his naïve dream of an engaged society where scientists and citizens are facing together the upcoming challenges for human civilizations.

Massimo is the editor of 288 Breaks:

Ouch, that needle hurts! How some viruses inject their DNA

Some viruses infect their bacterial hosts by injecting their DNA using a nano-injection machine that resembles a hypodermic needle. They then hijack their host into reproducing new copies of the virus and to unleash those copies to infect other hosts. To understand how this injection machine works in real-time, we developed a model to simulate the injection process.

Sep 25, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Why so aggressive? Bringing the past into the present

Animals change their aggressive behaviour across contexts, potentially due to lingering effects of past experiences. We tested the aggression in fruit flies before and after they were placed in a vial for 4-days, varying the group composition and the intensity of food competition. Male aggression changed after the 4-day period, showing how specific past experiences can alter future aggressiveness.

Sep 23, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Stop all the clocks: the hidden long-term consequences of sleep loss

Sleep loss perturbs the molecular circadian clock inside our cells. This effect persists long after the organism has recovered from sleep loss at the behavioral level.

Sep 22, 2020 | 4 min read
The Janus-Faced Nature of Cancer Immunity

In this study, we demonstrated that the immune response in cancer patients could sometimes inhibit, but other times enhance tumor cells' growth.

Sep 21, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Our cell's “protein factory” can decrease fats to promote lifespan

Aging is a shared phenomenon amongst all organisms, and it’s well understood that stress hastens aging. However, the knowledge of how aging affects our capacity to deal with stress is less widespread. It turns out that our ability to deal with stress loses function in aging, and hyperactivating stress responses that usually decline during aging can extend lifespan.

Sep 18, 2020 | 3.5 min read
The secrets hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet

Antarctica is losing ice. The shape of the bed under the ice sheet may explain why some sectors are more vulnerable to climate change than others. It is, however, extremely difficult to see through thousands of meters of ice. By combining measurements at the surface with math, we find the deepest canyon on Earth and ridges that have important consequences for its future stability.

Sep 17, 2020 | 3.5 min read