Author: Santiago

Scientific writer, communicator, and former researcher in oncology (cancer) and molecular genetics (genes and gene regulation).Otherwise: BJJ, strength, surf, outdoor, travel, books, and things like those.Hates: endings and BS "contemporary art" (like putting a dirty sock on a wooden chair and calling it art).

The Gattaca movie: when your valuable genes get abused

Reading Time: 7 minutes Even an optimist beyond saving like me can, at times, get the shivers from a dystopian science fiction portrayal of the potential dangers of genetics. Especially if they are realistic. These last weeks, I’ve been going through dusty ol’ films that I never had the time to watch. And last weekend, the bottle pointed at…

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By Santiago May 28, 2020 0

Why you fear science and robots | Fear of the unknown

Reading Time: 9 minutes “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” – H.P. Lovecraft (1927). The thing about fearing the unknown is that it’s a guessing game. You don’t know what scares you and why. The fear of science or scientific advances that can…

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By Santiago April 29, 2020 5

Risks of CRISPR weapons – is the danger near? The dark side of gene editing

Reading Time: 8 minutes Did you know that the US intelligence has listed gene-editing technologies like CRISPR-Cas as weapons of mass destruction threats in the Worldwide Threat Assessment? The technology that we’ve welcomed as our disease-fighting, life-saving Messiahs is also considered a weapon. Although suspecting that it would end up in such lists, this was new knowledge to me,…

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By Santiago April 11, 2020 2

Coronavirus by age group | COVID-19 splitting generations

Reading Time: 10 minutes So much information about who’s affected by the coronavirus and COVID-19 that you ultimately feel like you know even less. Let’s divide the situation with the new coronavirus by age group and explain why we see symptomatic differences, and why everybody needs to participate in the recommended safety measures. The new coronavirus took the world…

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By Santiago March 26, 2020 0

Why keeping the cure for cancer secret is implausible and dumb

Reading Time: 7 minutes “Is it true that Big Pharma hides the cure for cancer?”, “Are conspirators keeping the cure for cancer secret?” You cannot imagine how often you get to answer these types of questions once you reveal yourself as a scientist, especially if you work with cancer. I’ve learned to see these questions coming from kilometers (miles)…

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By Santiago March 19, 2020 0

The R0 of COVID-19: Dealing with the misconceptions

Reading Time: 7 minutes This post will try to rip apart some misconceptions around the basic reproduction number of an infection defined as R0 and, more precisely, the R0 of COVID-19, the new Coronavirus disease first identified in Wuhan, China. You’ll learn to debate my imaginary nemesis Chad who has no clue about R0 and COVID-19 but likes to…

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By Santiago February 13, 2020 0

Are CRISPR designed babies the future? Update 1 year after birth

Reading Time: 6 minutes The German news site n-tv.de interviewed me about a week ago about the possibilities and risks of the CRISPR gene-editing technology. The reason for this piece was the first anniversary of the CRISPR designed babies, the twins (with the pseudonyms Lulu and Nana).  In short, a Chinese researcher and former associate professor at the Southern…

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By Santiago December 4, 2019 2