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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:

Charting the immune landscape in brain cancers

The brain is one of the most complex organs of the human body. For a long time, it was thought that the brain is hermetically sheltered from entry by invaders, including our body's white blood cells. The discovery that different brain cancers contain quite distinct landscapes of immune cells may help us better understand their development and devise novel and effective therapeutic strategies.

Nov 27, 2020 | 4 min read
Storm Defense with Mangroves

Humans have been largely unsuccessful at protecting assets and economic activity against tropical cyclones. Mangrove forest conservation efforts could yield protection benefits from a coastal defense system that is already in place, cheap to maintain, and self-regenerating.

Nov 25, 2020 | 3 min read
The struggle to comply with social distancing

We have tried to keep a distance from each other to curb the early spread of COVID-19. These practices, however, conflict with our needs for social interactions. Resolving this dissonance demands the capacity to retain multiple pieces of potentially conflicting information in working memory. Minimizing information overload, therefore, becomes even more critical at this challenging time.

Nov 24, 2020 | 3 min read
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