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Sarah Whelan, PhD

Science Writer

Sarah joined Technology Networks in 2022 after completing a PhD in cancer biology, where her research focused on the development of colon cancers. In her role as science writer and editor, Sarah covers scientific news and a range of other content types, leading the site's coverage of drug discovery, biopharma and cancer research content.

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Social Mammals Evolve Faster Than Solitary Ones

In a pioneering new study, researchers have developed a new model of mammal evolution, showing that social mammals evolve faster than solitary ones and herbivores evolve faster than carnivores.
Dozens of paper cut-outs of human figures arranged in a crowd.

New Report Shows Decline in US Cancer Deaths Continues

The latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer has provided an update on the most recent statistics and trends in cancer cases and deaths in the United States. This year’s report also places focus on pancreatic cancer.
Graphical illustration of a DNA double helix.
Industry Insight

Identifying New Therapeutic Targets for Cancer With 3D Genomics

In this interview with Anthony Schmitt PhD, senior vice president of science at Arima Genomics, we discover some of the advantages and applications of 3D genomics for fields such as cancer research and drug discovery.
The Immune System and Cancer. Graphical representation of a cancer cell being attacked by immune cells.

The Immune System and Cancer

Download this infographic to discover the impact of the immune system and inflammation on cancer development, how these effects change as cancers become more advanced and how we can use therapies to exploit them.
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Synch Mealtimes With the Circadian Clock, Suggests New Mouse Study

A new study in mice has found that restricting eating to the active period of the daily circadian rhythm limits weight gain and improves metabolic health using increased heat-generating creatine metabolism in fat cells.
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Diet and the Gut Microbiome: What Do We Know?

Changes in our microbiome have been linked to fluctuations in our health. The field of gut microbiome research has therefore gathered a lot of interest, as these microbes and their metabolites can influence the rest of the body in health and disease. But what have we learned from recent research?
Illustration of the digestive tract.

Pain-Sensing Neurons Can Protect the Gut From Damage

A new study from Harvard Medical School has shown that pain neurons in mice can shield the gut from damage by stimulating nearby cells to produce protective mucus.
A collection of yam crops on a wooden table.
Industry Insight

Agricultural Grant To Help Breed More Resilient Yams in West Africa

Technology Networks sat down with 2022 Illumina Agricultural Greater Good Initiative Grant winner Dr. Ranjana Bhattacharjee to learn more about her plans to use genomic analysis to improve the productivity and sustainability of yam crops.
Large industrial site emitting smoke.

Over 57,000 US Sites Likely Contaminated With “Forever Chemicals”

A new study has mapped over 57,000 sites in the US that are likely contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – also known as “forever chemicals”.
An insect encased in amber, with accompanying micro-CT scans.

Unknown Insect Trapped in Amber for 35 Million Years Is Identified

Researchers from the University of Granada have captured micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) images of an undescribed insect trapped in amber for over 35 million years, allowing researchers to identify its species.