The Worldwide Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine: The Major Players

The global pandemic currently ravaging the world began in the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in the Hubei Province of China. According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, in late December of 2019, Chinese authorities discovered several cases of pneumonia all associated with the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan. Within one week, on January 7th, Chinese health authorities determined that this … Continue reading The Worldwide Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine: The Major Players

Crowdsourcing: Fluke or Future?

On March 25th, 2020, the most powerful computer on the planet exceeded a speed of 1.5 exaFLOPS, meaning a speed of 1,500,000,000,000,000,000 operations per second. This computer is not some massive supercomputer in a top secret lab, but a network of computers all over the world owned by ordinary people. The effort coordinated by the Folding@Home organization sent out simulations to be solved by anyone … Continue reading Crowdsourcing: Fluke or Future?

The War Against COVID-19: A Race for Innovation and its Future Impacts

81 years ago, a compact metal cylinder raised its fixed wooden wings and took to the skies.  On the surface it flashed no extraordinary features, its sole purpose to wage war beside the expanding ranks of the mighty German Luftwaffe.  Inside, however, it boasted a heart of diamond, a heart that would rocket human civilization into the future–the first functional aircraft turbojet engine.     Most notably, … Continue reading The War Against COVID-19: A Race for Innovation and its Future Impacts

“Non-Essential” Research: Another Victim of the Coronavirus Pandemic

In February of this year, Michael Gentry had finally made a breakthrough. Gentry, a biochemist at The University of Kentucky College of Medicine, was racing to run animal experiments on a new enzymatic compound that fights Lafora disease. The promising drug was on track to enter human trials early in 2021.  Lafora disease is a neurodegenerative condition characterized by intellectual decline and recurring seizures. The … Continue reading “Non-Essential” Research: Another Victim of the Coronavirus Pandemic