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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 321 Breaks:

Visualizing the effects of sleep on neurons’ maintenance

All animals sleep, and the loss of sleep result in significant deficits to brain performance. Prolonging sleep deprivation could be fatal; however, why do we sleep is still largely an open question. Our research suggests that single neurons require sleep to maintain their DNA.

Oct 11, 2019 | 3 min read
Sea otters make a splash

California sea otters have been pounding mussels on shoreline boulders for more than 10 years, and this behavior leaves long-term traces. Using methods from ecology and archaeology, we showed that it is possible to recognize the damaged rocks and broken mussel shells created by sea otters

Oct 10, 2019 | 3.5 min read
The turbulent brain

Brain activity emerges from the coordinated dynamics of a huge network of neurons. Here, we explored what sorts of wave patterns can arise at the whole-brain scale, how these patterns change over time, and what mechanisms might underpin their generation.

Oct 9, 2019 | 4 min read
AutonoMouse: A platform for automating mouse behavioral studies

Behavioral assessments in animal models are crucial to neuroscience research, but manual implementation of these methods can limit throughput. We developed AutonoMouse: a platform for performing continuous, automated behavioral experiments across multiple subjects simultaneously.

Sep 30, 2019 | 4 min read
How to survive a viral apocalypse: a rabbit’s tale

In 1950, a novel virus was used as a biological weapon to control the invasive rabbit populations in Australia, killing millions of animals on the first impact. But then, evolution kicked in and rabbits evolved genetic resistance to the disease. This is the story of how it all happened.

Sep 27, 2019 | 4 min read
Reinventing a bacterial biopesticide: an old microbe with a fresh new look

Growing concerns over the use of synthetic pesticides in agriculture have sparked a renewed interest in natural alternatives. Our work revisits a formerly successful bacterial biological pesticide (biopesticide) that fell out of fashion over concerns of human pathogenicity.

Sep 24, 2019 | 3.5 min read