The Center for Humanities and the History of Modern Biology
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY
Please join us online for a live discussion on how DNA has shaped
both our bodies and modern society
at 5:30PM on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020.
Register in advance at Eventbright to obtain your link to the live event.
Pulitzer-prize winning author and oncologist at Columbia University
in conversation with
University of Manchester professor
author of Life’s Greatest Secret, and
on-screen expert in The Gene
Richard Sever, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Mila Pollock, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Serving as a professor of medicine at Columbia University and as a staff cancer physician at the university’s medical center, Dr. Mukherjee generates hope for countless patients and families around the world, while revolutionizing our blueprint for healing.
Matthew Cobb is a Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Manchester. He has published extensively on the history of genetics, including his 2015 book Life’s Greatest Secret, and was one of the on-screen experts in The Gene. His latest books are The Idea of the Brain: The Past and Future of Neuroscience, and Smell: A Very Short Introduction.
Richard Sever, Ph.D. is Assistant Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press and Co-Founder of the preprint servers bioRxiv and medRxiv. He has edited numerous books in molecular biology and worked as an editor on several journals.
Ludmila (Mila) Pollock, M.L.S. is Executive Director, Library and Archives, Center for Humanities and History of Modern Biology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Founder of the History of Science Meetings at CSHL.
Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
In light of the ongoing spread of Covid19, the latest coronavirus outbreak, the Library is offerring informational resources. This page will be updated daily.
CSHL Internal FAQ and Information
- CSHL is providing information specific to our campus and staff, which can be found on the intranet at this link.
SARS-CoV2 Virus Information
- The MLA has provided a list of links for information sources, found here.
- Covid19 on Pubmed
- Covid19 or SARS-CoV-2 on both medRxiv and bioRxiv
- This Powerpoint presentation by Michael Lin, MD/PhD for a lab meeting is incredibly clear and insightful.
- The NIH website provides a handy list of resources, linking to information from Institutes within the NIH.
- American Society for Microbiologists has published a genome for SARS-CoV-2
- The NLM is providing rapid access to coronavirus genome sequence information.
- A cogent analysis of the origins of the SARS CoV2 virus, based on its sequenced genome, was published in Nature Medicine.
- Nature.com: Why does the coronavirus spread so easily between people?
- Nature.com: The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2
- Washington Post: Coronavirus looks different in kids than adults
COVID19's Impact on Academic Science
- Several publishers of academic journals have agreed to make all articles pertaining to SARS-CoV2 and Covid19 openly accessible, without paywall or embargo. PubMed Central has posted a list of these publishers.
- The Scholarly Kitchen has an article addressing the cancellation of scientific conferences, and discusses considerations for how to plan ahead.
- This commentary from the National Academy of Medicine calls for a trusted source to provide accurate and up to date information.
- "Scientists' Obligations During the Coronavirus Outbreak" from The Scientist
Social Distancing and Flattening the Curve
- This article from Medium.com does an excellent job of laying out the known history of Covid19 and its progression, as well as lays out clearly why it is imperative to take precautionary measures to slow the spread of the virus as soon as possible.
- There is a follow-up article from the same author at Medium, with more up to dte information and additional analysis.
- On March 10th, UCSF held a panel discussion with public health and microbiology experts to discuss the current (at the time) state of knowledge of Covid19 in the US, including sobering and frank discussions of likely numbers for infection, fatality, and recurrence. The linked website has a bullet-point style summary of the panel discussion.
- The Be A Better Scientist Blog shared a video chat of three scientists discussing R0, the case fatality rate, and what "Flatten the Curve" means and why it is so important.
- This Joint Update from multiple physicians, posted by Dr. Nancy Yen Shipley, laying out clear information about Covid19 and plain-language explanations of why to take it seriously and how to help slow its spread
- Social Distancing: This is Not A Snow Day is a blog post explaining the hows and whys of social distancing
- For updates on COVID from NYC: text COVID to 692692
- Springer Nature has taken steps to ensure that all of their resources are available uninterrupted while a majority of scientists work from home and may have difficulty with VPN access.
- The CDC website's main splash page is dedicated to coronavirus information
- The John's Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Health Security has a website being updated daily with the latest information of the Covid19 outbreak.
- The masters of infographics at Information Is Beautiful have a handy series of easy-to-understand charts and graphs of important information about Covid19
- The World Economic Forum has compiled a cross-referenced web of links about the impacts of Covid19.
This list will be updated regularly with additional information
Finally, above all else, it is important to keep a clear head. Hand sanitizers that contain >60% alcohol are effective at disrupting the viral envelope, but nothing is better than vigorous hand washing. The video below starkly demonstrates with easy visuals how important it is to be thorough when you wash your hands in order to be effective.
The best way to combat the dangers that coronavirus pose is to help keep the medical infrastructure from being overloaded rapidly. By slowing the spread of the virus, although hospitals may eventually treat the same total number of cases, they will not have to attempt to do so all at once. Overtaxing the capacity of hospitals and clinics results in fatalities due to insufficient medical resources for symptoms that could be more easily treated in less overburdened times. So remember to avoid exposure when possible, and, because someone could be a symptom-free carrier for almost a week before falling ill, wash your hands frequently to kill any virus you may have been exposed to
Stay healthy. And if you are self quarantined, we recommend John M. Barry's excellent book on the 1918 Spanish Flu, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History.
The CSHL Library has seats available for online training through the O'Reilly Online Learning. This is a great resouce to learn a new skill, the latest programming languages or to get a certification. The training seat will give you access to: Interactive learning (with prebuilt coding environments), Live Online training, learning paths and lots of O'Reilly technical books. Contact Tom x6898 in the library, if you would like access to a training seat.
The PubMed interface we all know and love, and have been used to for decades, is getting a makeover.
To bring the face of the world's most popular biomedical literature database into the 21st century, NCBI (The National Center for Biotechnology Information), a division of NLM (the National Library of Medicine), is unveiling a new mobile-friendly main page, with a fundamentally different underlying database-searching algorithm. That new algorithm, named Best Match, uses machine learning to tailor search results for each user based on past search histories.
This updated version of PubMed is currently available at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ . The new PubMed will become the default in spring 2020 and will ultimately replace the legacy version. You can learn more about it in the NLM Technical Bulletin linked here.
The Best Match algorithm was introduced in a PLoS Biology paper in August of 2018. It can be found in the PubMed Central database at this link.
Single click access to library content from publisher websites, PubMed, Wikipedia and more
- Single click access to library content from publisher websites, PubMed, Wikipedia and more
Link to the full range of available content, including primary publishers, aggregators, open access alternatives and more
- Easily install in seconds in Chrome, the world’s most popular web browser
- Compatibility with enterprise imaging tools allows Nomad to be installed and pre-configured for your institution in all computers across your organization
- For further technical details about LibKey Nomad please visit the LibKey Nomad FAQ in our support pages
How does Nomad function with PubMed?
How do you install Nomad?
CSHL's resident historian, Jan Witkowski, regularly conducts interviews with the scientists who come to present at meetings here on campus. The Symposia week is a particularly busy time for him, but his hard work and effort pay off handsomely. For instance, in 2016, Jan had the pleasure to interview Bill Kaelin about his work on oxygen-sensing in cancer. As of today, October 7, 2019, it has been announced that Bill shares the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for this work!
You can watch the interview here, and learn all about Bill's impoortant research, as well as Jan's tireless efforts to bring an understanding of high-caliber work like Bill's to the broader public.
CSHL Library & Archives together with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory are proud to announce a fantastic $5 million dollar gift from Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) which will help us to support and maintain the current archives of Nobel Prize Laureates and future Nobel Prize Laureates Collections, as well as create new educational programs.
For a short video about the significance of this gift, please see:
Back row: Richard Durbin, Bruce Stillman, Walter Gilbert, Robert Waterston, Henry Yang, Yuqing Jiang, Charles Bao, Damon Zhang.
Front row: Yongwei Zhang, Mila Pollock, Audrey Kong.