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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 318 Breaks:

Neutralizing antibodies: the Elite Squad to combat SARS-CoV-2 infection

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) urgently calls for prevention and treatment interventions. Neutralizing antibodies isolated from recovered patients are capable of blocking the virus from entry into human cells, potentially acting as the “Elite Squad” to defeat SARS-CoV-2.

Nov 20, 2020 | 2.5 min read
T cells: an essential but neglected component against COVID-19

Antibodies protect our bodies against viruses. Nevertheless, one other highly specialized component of the adaptive immune system: T cells. Our recent findings characterize virus-specific T cells in COVID-19 patients and in healthy non-infected individuals.

Nov 4, 2020 | 4.5 min read
How the COVID-19 lockdown affected our sleeping patterns

Light exposure and social cues are essential to set our internal clock's time and be healthy. The COVID-19 lockdown forced us to be at home, affecting the main parameters which synchronize our circadian rhythms. Here we compared sleep and chronotype of 1021 participants from Argentina before and during the first month of the lockdown associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nov 3, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Snakes in Decline: Not as Good as You May Think

Snakes are essential parts of their ecosystem. Even if they are not well-liked, they can indicate what is happening for other species. Amphibian declines have led to a collapse of the ecosystem, using snakes as a model animal. The loss of snakes from nature is far worse for the environment than anticipated and may even encourage people to conserve them.

Nov 2, 2020 | 3.5 min read
A newly discovered (microscopic) global source of methane

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas. Recent studies challenge the dogma that biogenic methane is produced solely in the absence of oxygen. Blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria) are photosynthetic microbes that are found in all illuminated environments on Earth and produce half the oxygen we breathe. We show that Cyanobacteria produce methane with potential significance to global climate.

Oct 30, 2020 | 3.5 min read
A match made in heaven: Stacking two solar cells boosts their efficiency

Metal halide perovskites improve the efficiency of silicon solar cells by 30%.

Oct 29, 2020 | 3.5 min read