The revelation after my six years of study and lab work to complete a PhD in biology is that I wasn’t on an automatic path to career fulfillment, or happiness. And I had an envious PhD experience. My principal investigator had a clear vision. He was so sure about his goals that our only problem... Continue Reading →
How to get paid to read novels
My idea of a digital nomad: running an international business from my computer in a country where I could afford to have a small cottage by the sea. After returning from my seven-year stint abroad in Norway, I thought I would stay in the USA until I got my editing and writing business going and... Continue Reading →
Following the science…not
As a scientist, you don’t get much time in the spotlight. It’s late nights and weekends, and you are often alone when you make your discoveries most of which go unnoticed by anyone outside of the niche of other scientists working on similar ideas. The pandemic brought a rare opportunity for a captive audience for... Continue Reading →
Does life-threatening COVID-19 have anything to do with your genes?
by Janice Nigro Early in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, a non-scientist, the husband of a cousin of mine, asked, “Does life-threatening COVID-19 have anything to do with your genes?” At the time, he saw Italians and men dominating the list of persons worldwide succumbing to the pathogen. I didn’t know, and truth be told, as a molecular... Continue Reading →
What we know about the origin of SARS-CoV-2
by Janice Nigro Every mystery has a cast of characters that sidetracks you from the culprit. A good one keeps you guessing until the end. Then it surprises you. Is Covid-19 one of those stories? I didn’t think it was, and I may be overthinking the dump truck load of information out there on various... Continue Reading →
The Lockdown Diaries: Week 12
by Janice Nigro The same title convention, but I think we’re no longer in lockdown in Los Angeles. Maybe we’ve morphed into something else. Lockdown plus? Now windows and doors are boarded up, and military helicopters fly over long after it’s time for bed. It’s as if the words people sling at each other in... Continue Reading →
The Lockdown Diaries: Week 11
by Janice Nigro This week beats all. I started this post with this sentence before all hell broke loose across the USA and now the world. More on this in a minute, as the air reverberates from the force of military helicopters flying over my apartment in Los Angeles county. I started with this sentence... Continue Reading →
How do you charge for an idea that comes to you in the shower?
by Janice Nigro Ten weeks into lockdown in California, and I can't shake the strange factor. Nothing is yet routine. The beaches are now open, but after all this time without them, I haven’t been out there much anyway. I’ve been working. Even over the holiday weekend. Surprise to me, my clients from other countries have... Continue Reading →
The Lockdown Diaries: Week 10
by Janice Nigro Entering double digits for weeks in lockdown in California. I think we’re beginning to come out of it. That’s about all I’m going to say because life can go on somehow for those of us without a health crisis. Ten weeks in though and I can't shake the strange factor. Nothing is... Continue Reading →
Are coronaviruses bioweapons of bats?
by Janice Nigro If you had asked me a month ago what I knew about bats, I would have said, “They are the only flying mammals on Earth.” That’s it. While the world has been spinning out of control in the last two months over the Covid-19 pandemic, I have spent a portion of my... Continue Reading →