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(date change) Science on Tap Online -- Supercomputing and Systems Biology: A New Hypothesis for COVID-19 (Photo) - 09/10/20

Date: WEDNESDAY, Sept 16th, 2020

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Science on Tap Facebook Page or Register on Zoom

Tickets: $5 suggested donation (Support us on Patreon or make a one-time donation here)

Event Website: https://www.scienceontaporwa.org/events/online_sept_16_covid/

COVID-19 is largely known for causing respiratory distress, though people have also experienced a number of unusual symptoms such as heart arrhythmias, loss of smell, and discolored lesions on toes. There is still so much unknown about this disease and many scientists and labs are moving quickly to understand how COVID-19 impacts the body and causes such an unusual constellation of symptoms.

You may have seen in your social media feeds in the past few weeks that a recent paper has proposed a new hypothesis and may provide some insight. Using the world’s second-fastest computer located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, more than 40,000 genes from 17,000 genetic samples were analyzed and a new picture is beginning to form: COVID-19 may cause a disruption in the bradykinin system in the body which may then lead to blood and fluid leaking throughout organs and tissues. It’s still a hypothesis, but if it is accurate, this paper suggests that there may be at least 10 potential FDA-approved treatments that could be used to treat numerous COVID-19 symptoms.

At this Science on Tap we will be joined by Dr. Daniel Jacobson, lead researcher and chief scientist for computational systems biology at ORNL. He will explain the bradykinin hypothesis in simple terms and describe how it could be used in future COVID-19 treatment. 

Not only is this an exciting new development for dealing with this pandemic, but it’s an exciting opportunity to learn how science works in real-time.

Visit our Facebook or YouTube page 7pm on Thursday for the live show (refresh until you see the video post), or watch the high quality version on Zoom (register above).

Recorded live shows are available on our YouTube channel within a day or two.


Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, drink a pint, and enjoy learning. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don't have to be a science geek to have fun--all you need is a thirst for knowledge! For more information on this event or about Science on Tap, visit Science on Tap OR WA.

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