Proteins may hold key to fighting covid19

On the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, in a building just south of Red Square, hundreds of scientists fill an institute solely devoted to engineering molecules. At the core is director David Baker, a biochemist with the School of Medicine who compares the Institute for Protein Design to a giant brain where each of the scientists is an individual neuron.

Late this winter, Baker toured a small group of visitors through a floor of the institute where his own lab is housed. Read more at https://magazine.washington.edu/feature/proteins-hold-the-key-to-a-world-without-disease-uw-professor-says/

Pediatrician sees pain of pandemic + racism in children at clinic

For pediatrician Ben Danielson, a doctor at the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in Seattle’s Central District for 21 years, everything has changed.  The adorable toddlers he sees there in a brightly-painted room, can only see the top of his face — just his eyes and eyebrows. They see him gowned and masked. … Continue reading Pediatrician Ben Danielson Sees Stress in Children Visiting Odessa Brown Clinic, but He Still Sees Cause for Hope →

Most Influential: Rick Horwitz of Allen Cell Institute

He left comfortable tenure at the University of Virginia about two years ago to lead the brand-new nonprofit Allen Institute for Cell Science here in Seattle—and he’s wasted no time. In April, Rick Horwitz, Ph.D., and his team opened the Allen Cell Explorer, a free scientific resource, accessible to anyone in the world, that has the potential to help speed up insights about drugs and diseases.

The Cell Explorer allows viewers to “see” inside microscopic photos of once-living cells. Forget parts of the cell you labeled in seventh-grade biology: mitochondria, nucleus, vacuole. “We don’t know where any of that is,” Horwitz explains. The inside of a cell is dynamic, moving and churning to conduct daily chores. The Explorer gives viewers ways to see 3-D images that are built using living cells, which are photographed in ways that expose specific structures at work. Read whole story here: http://www.seattlemag.com/news-and-features/most-influential-seattleites-2017-rick-horwitz