understanding covid-19

American Association for the Advancement of Science:
Coronavirus: Research, Commentary, and News
Highlighted Story: How does coronavirus kill? Clinicians trace a ferocious rampage through the body, from brain to toes

BioPharmaceutical Technology Center (BTC) Institute:
In partnership with members of Promega Corporation’s Scientific Applications and Training team, Amy Prevost (our Director, Scientific Courses), has developed a set of COVID-19 Workflow Modules.  These three presentations are designed to assist non-scientists in gaining a better understanding of coronaviruses.

In partnership with members of Promega Corporation’s Scientific Applications and Training team, Amy Prevost (our Director, Scientific Courses), has developed a set of COVID-19 Workflow Modules.  These three presentations are designed to assist non-scientists in gaining a better understanding of coronaviruses.

Specifically, they provide an introduction to how we isolate and purify viral RNA, how we amplify particular genes associated with the novel coronavirus in order to diagnose cases, and what the data looks like. The series ends with a discussion related to nucleic acid testing vs. protein tests, including information about what these different types of tests can tell us.

(1) Viral RNA Purification for COVID-19 Detection

(2) Amplification Technologies to Diagnose COVID-19

(3) Protein Production and Analysis in COVID-19

HudsonAlpha Institute For Biotechnology:
Dr. Neil Lamb presents Beyond the Blog, a companion to Shareable Science, to help make sense of the science related to the coronavirus COVID-19.

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell:
The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do is a helpful video resource on the Coronavirus made in consultation with experts.

miniPCR bio:
Dr. Alex Dainis presents up-to-date information in this COVID-19 webinar on the science behind the pandemic and efforts to contain it through molecular testing, answering questions about the genetics of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.

Promega Corporation:
What is RNA?
SARS-CoV-2 is an RNA virus – but what is RNA?

Why Is RNA Extraction Important for COVID-19 Testing and Research?
RNA is a critical component to identify and test for the presence of a virus.

Why Is qPCR Important for COVID-19 Testing and Research?
qPCR is a critical technique to identify and amplify a piece of RNA. This helps us verify the presence or absence of a virus.

Why Is Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Helpful for Protecting Yourself from COVID-19?
Great visuals to explain the importance of alcohol-based hand sanitizer (plus soap works just as well!)

University of Wisconsin – Madison:
SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 Coloring Book
Dr. Jean-Yves Sgro from UW-Madison’s Biochemistry department created this coloring book to educate and entertain.

K-12 Curricula, Field Trip Programs & Teacher Workshops/Courses

Bay Area Biotechnology Education Consortium (BABEC)

BioEd Online

Bio-Link: Educating the biotechnology workforce

Biotechnology Institute

BSCS Science Learning

City Lab at Boston University Medical College

Concord Consortium

Dolan DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Massachusetts Society for Medical Research

Northwest Association for Biomedical Research

Partnership for Biotechnology and Genomics Education (PBGE)

Promega Corporation

University of Utah – Genetic Science Learning Center

University of Wisconsin Biotechnology Center – BioTrek

Virginia Commonwealth University (videos)

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery – Town Center Programs