This month I began working on a project to use a genetic algorithm to design an epitope that works across a wide range of influenza strains in the hopes of being able to design a universal vaccine. Excited to continue working on that this June!
Market Analysis and Company Direction
This was a busy month at Biotein as we heavily discussed the direction the company will be taking in the future and conducted interviews of potential customers for the bio-age test currently in the works. Super excited for where we're going!
Articles This Month
The Life of Epicurus — Defining the Meaning of Happiness
Had a lot of fun writing this article about Epicurus' philosophy regarding the way to live life and truly be happy. He definitely had a lot of hot takes that were amazing to learn about, and I hope this article gets at least one person interested in the life and philosophy of Epicurus. Enjoy!
Cancer Immunotherpay: Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocytes
In this third article in my cancer immunotherapy series, I explore the science behind tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte therapy, which takes advantage of activated T-cells already in the tumor microenvironment to destroy the tumors.
In this article I discuss the work of Dr. David Brenner who is exploring the potential of using a form of UV light called far-UVC to sanitize public spaces in a safe manner, and hwo this technology could prevent the next pandemic.
This was a very mind-bending and introspective experience that put life in a new limelight. Feels so weird to see how much of our time on this planet and with others has already been spent, but it also provides motivation for taking advantage of that limited and extremely precious time.
How can a wind-powered vehicle move faster than the wind around it? That counter-intuitive phenomenon is just what this video by Veritasium delves into with a very intriguing and, as always, skillfully developed explanation.
That's it for my brief update for this month. Can't wait to pop back into your inbox in June to share how I've grown and what I've been up to!
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See you next month!
18 y/o on a quest to tackle neurological ageing and develop prophylactic vaccinations for cancer.
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