Author: Santiago

Scientific writer, communicator, and former researcher in oncology (cancer) and molecular genetics (genes and gene regulation). Interested in all science, and in particular cancer, genetics, and gene-editing.

What is epigenetics? The making of a spectacular concert

Reading Time: 4 minutes Don’t believe me? Ask my mom; seven years of researching epigenetics in cancer, and she finally learned: “He studies epigenetics! …and cancer…”. Her doctor-friends apparently give her looks of admiration (her words, not mine) and tell her that “that’s the shit in research today” (my words, not hers). Yet, except for doctors, researchers and now…

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By Santiago January 31, 2019 0

First CRISPR babies born in China | Is that a good thing?

Reading Time: 3 minutes It finally happened. The CRISPR babies born in China were the first gene edited babies ever! Or that’s the claim at least. He Jiankui, a scientist from the Southern University of Science and Technology of China in Shenzhen claims to have disabled a gene important for HIV infections. He edited embryos using CRISPR, which he…

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By Santiago November 27, 2018 0

Limitations of CRISPR | Top 6 reasons clinical trials only focus on some diseases

Reading Time: 6 minutes China started CRISPR clinical trials already in 2015. The US came shortly after. Why so few diseases targeted? What are the limitations of CRISPR technology? Damn, this CRISPR-thing escalated fast. In 2013, we could read the first reports of the genome-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 being used in human and mouse cells and just two years later…

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By Santiago May 24, 2018 0

The gut microbiome: The good, the bad, and the slacker (Part 1)

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is a simple warm-up preparing you for a series of upcoming posts, dealing with the gut microbiome. You know, these microorganisms living inside you that can alter your mood, weight and overall health.   Remember the germophobic times? The times when germs were everywhere and they were out to get you? Girls had germs…

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By Santiago March 27, 2018 0

How to recognize pseudoscience: 5 common traits

Reading Time: 9 minutes Let’s talk pseudoscience. Why? Because it’s so available and many times seen as a replacement for conventional medicine. And to be honest, it also scares the crap out of me. We see it on the news, advertisements and social media. It can be good to learn how to recognize pseudoscience. Some pharmacies even have shelves…

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By Santiago February 18, 2018 0

Your internal clock is decoded – The Nobel Prize winners (Medicine) 

Reading Time: 6 minutes Your internal clock is decoded – The Nobel Prize winners (Medicine) The Nobel Prize Award ceremony is near. On December 10th, the Nobel laureates of 2017 will be presented in Stockholm, Sweden. Let’s talk Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and your internal clock.  You know the feeling, those days after an intercontinental trip, where you’re…

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By Santiago December 7, 2017 0

Everybody wants EMA – the relationship drama about drugs

Reading Time: 5 minutes Everybody wants EMA – the relationship drama about drugs Last week it was settled: the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be moving from London to Amsterdam. Brexit was the classic homewrecker in this story, forcing a 12-year relationship to end. But what does this mean for the involved parties and why all the drama? And,…

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By Santiago November 27, 2017 0

CRISPR-Cas9 explained simply | A powerful DNA-cutter?

Reading Time: 7 minutes CRISPR-Cas is the tool that is on people’s lips right now, not only scientists’ (in our opinion at least). Media is talking about designer-babies, disease-resistant crops and many other applications. It could possibly play a significant role in our future everyday lives, and because of this, it’s important to understand it, to be able to…

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By Santiago November 22, 2017 0