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Blake pens and edits breaking news, articles and features on a broad range of scientific topics. Blake earned an honors degree in chemistry from the University of Surrey, which involved a placement year at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) laboratory, where he developed new pharmaceutical testing methods. Blake also holds an MSc in chemistry from the University of Southampton. His research project focused on the synthesis of novel fluorescent dyes often used as chemical/bio-sensors and as photosensitizers in photodynamic therapy. Blake held several editorial-based roles before joining Technology Networks in 2024.


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Ancient Viruses Reawaken To Fuel Modern-Day Cancer Spread

Researchers have found that DNA sequences originating from ancient viral infections can play a critical role in helping cancer to survive and thrive. The researchers suggest that silencing these sequences could help to improve cancer treatments.
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Industry Insight

Researchers Want To Embrace AI But Still Have Major Concerns, Survey Finds

Elsevier’s “Insights 2024: Attitudes toward AI” report reveals how researchers feel about AI and what is needed to increase trust in these tools. Here, Mirit Eldor, managing director, life sciences at Elsevier discusses these findings further.
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Brain Inflammation Study Reveals Pathways To Combat Muscle Fatigue in Long COVID and Alzheimer's

Researchers have found that brain inflammation results in the release of a protein that travels to the muscles resulting in fatigue. Targeting this protein could offer new hope for treating muscle pain associated with long COVID and Alzheimer's.
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A Single “Kiss” From a Parasite Alters Human Host Cell Metabolism

Using a novel imaging technique, researchers have described how a parasite “kisses” the surface of host cells before infection and how this affects host cell metabolism.
Cell images showing SARS-CoV-2 spike protein-encoding RNA present in the tissues of long COVID patients

Imaging Study Reveals Viral RNA Persists for Years in Tissues of Long COVID Patients

PET imaging reveals long COVID patients can possess leftover SARS-CoV-2 RNA in the gut years after infection. The findings add to mounting evidence that viral persistence and sustained immune activation are key factors underpinning long COVID.
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Unmasking the True Identity of Gut Stem Cells

Columbia researchers have found that Lgr5+ cells descend from the gut’s true stem cells. This case of mistaken identity may explain why regenerative medicine has not lived up to its promise.
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Targeting an Ancient Biological Stress Response Could Help Prevent Hair Loss

Activation of an ancient biological stress response has been linked to a proliferative block in the human hair follicle. Researchers suggest that targeting this stress response could be used to help maintain hair follicles and treat hair loss.
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Feed Your Microbes: How Diet Influences the Gut Microbiome and Health

Learn about the latest research exploring how diet impacts the gut microbiome and discover how changes to the gut microbiome may be affecting your behavior.
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People With Autism Are Missing Key Microbial Protectors

Missing microbes that protect the gut may promote behaviors reminiscent of the social impairments associated with autism. Replacing these microbes could alleviate gastrointestinal symptoms and the behavioral changes they provoke.
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Nightmares and Hallucinations Could Be an Early Sign of Autoimmune Disease

Neuropsychiatric symptoms such as nightmares could be early indicators of lupus, a new study has found. Researchers argue that there needs to be greater recognition that these types of symptoms can act as an early warning sign of a disease flare.