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Senior Science Writer

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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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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.
A healthcare provider placing a bandage on the injection site of a child who had just received a vaccination

Could a “Tailored” Vaccine Be the Key to Treating Eczema in Children

Researchers have uncovered important immune signatures in children with infected flares of eczema. Technology Networks spoke to Dr. Rachel McLoughlin to learn how these findings could guide the development of a tailored eczema vaccine.
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Immune System “Misdirection” May Explain Link Between Epstein-Barr Virus and MS

Research from the University of Birmingham has found that following EBV infection there is more immune system cross-reactivity, where the body’s immune system binds to the wrong target, than previously thought.
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Opportunistic Bacteria Are More Abundant in the Microbiome of Mouthwash Users

After three months of daily use of an alcohol-based mouthwash, two species of opportunistic bacteria were significantly more abundant in the mouth. These findings provide evidence that mouthwash may have a detrimental effect on the oral microbiome.