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Junior Science Editor

Rhianna-lily graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BSc in biomedicine and completed her MSc by Research in microbiology at the Quadram Institute Bioscience in 2023. Her research primarily focused on the gut microbiome in pregnant women throughout gestation. During her MSc, she developed a passion for science communication and later joined Technology Networks as a Junior Science Editor, where she works with the news team to cover the latest breaking news and produce video interviews.

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Published Content
Total: 63
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Bacteriophages: Not Just Bacteria Killers, but Essential Resources for Mammalian Cells

A recent study from Monash University highlights the potential symbiotic relationship between bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria, and mammalian cells.
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Mammalian Cells Eat Bacteria-Killing Viruses To Survive

A recent study from Monash University has revealed that bacteriophages may also provide a symbiotic benefit to mammalian cells, promoting cellular growth and survival.
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Gene Edited Pig Kidney Successfully Transplanted Into Monkey Model

A new study published in Nature reports the successful transplantation of genetically modified pig kidneys into non-human primates, achieving long-term survival of up to ~two years.
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Gene Editing Enhances Compatibility of Pig Organs for Human Transplants

In 2022, the world’s first pig to human heart transplant occurred. While the transplant ultimately failed, researchers continue to conduct preclinical experiments using porcine organs and pioneering new methods to optimize their compatibility.
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New and Comprehensive Protein Dataset Elevates Health Research

The largest body of work analyzing the effects of common gene variations on blood proteins, and how these may contribute to disease, to date has been published in Nature.
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Weaknesses in Sepsis-Causing Bacteria in Premature Babies

Scientists have tracked the bacterial strains behind life-threatening sepsis seen in premature babies. Their study reveals the mystery of how the bacteria survive and succeed in causing this condition.
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48-Hour Time-Lapse Video Showing Developing Neurons Wins Nikon’s Small World Competition

Dr. Alexandre Dumoulin joined Technology Networks' junior science editor Rhianna-Lily Smith for an exclusive interview to reveal more about their video.
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New Preeclampsia Protein Biomarker Could Improve Treatment

A breakthrough has occurred in pinpointing the underlying cause of preeclampsia (PE). Researchers analyzed protein content in the placenta and serum of PE patients, discovering increased levels of the protein cis P-tau.
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The Evolutionary Advantage of Primate Masturbation

New research reveals that masturbation has an evolutionary purpose. Researchers compiled a vast dataset on primate masturbation, finding it to be an ancient trait that likely aids in increasing reproductive success in males.
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Millions of Long-Term Smokers Have Lung Diseases That Defy Diagnosis

A study revealed that many Americans with tobacco-related lung symptoms do not fit existing tobacco-related disease criteria. Dr. Prescott Woodruff joined Technology Networks for an exclusive video interview to discuss the results of the study.