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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. At the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Massimo works for BiOutils – an academic and laboratory-based platform for outreach in life sciences.

Massimo is the editor of 269 Breaks:

Should Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder Be Considered an Impulse Control Disorder?

With an estimated 3 to 6 percent of the population possibly having compulsive sexual behavior disorder (CSBD), it is now being researched like never before. This is leading to the question whether it should be considered an impulse control disorder, or something else?

Mar 13, 2019 | 4.5 min read
Emergent division of labor among clonal ants

Division of labor is thought to be central to the success of social species like ants and humans, but how does it arise? We used automated behavioral tracking in an unusual, clonal ant to show that division of labor can emerge in response to increasing group size. These behavioral changes were accompanied by rapid increases in colony performance.

Mar 11, 2019 | 4 min read
Biodiversity – a double-edged sword for ecological stability?

Whether biodiversity increases or decreases ecosystem stability has intrigued ecologists for decades, without a final answer yet. Our research shows that both can be true and we present an approach called overall ecosystem stability to resolve this apparent paradox.

Mar 8, 2019 | 4 min read
Gene therapy and ALS: one step closer to the clinic

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a devastating, invariably fatal neurodegenerative disorder. Now researchers demonstrate that a novel gene therapy treatment that silences the toxic gene is safe in monkeys. This breakthrough treatment could soon be in the clinic.

Mar 6, 2019 | 4 min read
Salmon are shrinking and you can see it in their genes

Atlantic salmon age at maturity has globally declined over the last four decades. This trait is strongly associated to survival and reproductive success. By monitoring temporal changes in the gene (vgll3) controlling age at maturity, we showed that Atlantic salmon have quickly evolved to mature earlier, at a smaller size, in the Teno river.

Mar 4, 2019 | 4 min read
The first interstellar immigrant of the solar system

The asteroids and comets of the solar system did not all form in situ as some were captured during the late stages of planet formation. Identifying asteroids that “immigrated” to the solar system from other star systems has now become possible.

Mar 1, 2019 | 4 min read