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Blake Forman

Senior Science Writer

 at Technology Networks


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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B cells segregating specific antibodies to mark and subsequently destroy a virus
News

Metabolic Inhibition Offers a New Approach To Combat Epstein-Barr Virus

Inhibiting a specific metabolic pathway in EBV-infected B cells can diminish infection and reduce the risk of downstream disease. A class of “failed” inhibitor drugs may now receive a second chance in applications aimed at dampening EBV infection.
Doctor with an anatomical model of the cervix, uterus and ovaries
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HPV Test Intervals Could Be Safely Extended, Say Cervical Cancer Researchers

HPV testing eight years after a negative result instead of the recommended five is comparable to testing three years after a negative cytology screening. These findings could be used to better inform updated screening guidelines.
Photograph of a vaccine vial with a needle drawing liquid
News

HIV Vaccine Candidate Induces Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies in Humans

A trial HIV vaccine has triggered low levels of HIV bnAbs in humans. The findings provide proof that a vaccine can elicit bnAbs to fight diverse strains of HIV and that it can initiate the process within weeks after just two immunizations.
Photograph of a pregnant woman holding her stomach
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Placenta Map Reveals Source of Infection-Related Pregnancy Complications

Researchers using “mini placentas” from human samples have created the first map of human placenta infection pathways. This could highlight potential drug targets to develop pregnancy-safe therapies for preventing severe pregnancy complications.
3D illustration of the microbiota-gut-brain-axis showing signals from the brain to the gastrointestinal tract
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Pre- and Probiotic Supplements Increase Sensitivity to Social Considerations

The role of the gut microbiome in shaping human behavior is a rapidly growing area of interest. New findings suggest that people who change their gut microbiome to a state regarded as healthier become more sensitive to social considerations.
White pharmaceutical drugs in a clear orange bottle
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Opioid Addiction Medication Could Bring Relief to Long COVID Patients

Researchers have identified a way to restore the function of faulty ion channels on immune cells using the addiction medication naltrexone. This offers hope for alleviating various long COVID symptoms, including brain fog and muscle fatigue.
Neurons sending a signal to neighbouring neurons
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Vagus Nerve Stimulation Emerges as Potential Treatment for Infections

Researchers have found that stimulation of the vagus nerve triggers activation of the spleen, thereby regulating antibody production. These findings highlight the potential of vagus nerve modulation in treating diseases, like lupus and sepsis.
Extraction of embryonic stem cells
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Cell Contraction Shapes Human Embryo Development

Study finds the contraction of embryonic cells is the force behind the initial shaping of human embryos. These findings could help further refine assisted reproductive technology.
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) stained with Hematoxylin and eosin (HE)
Article

Epstein-Barr Virus, Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer: Looking Back at 60 Years of Research

In this interview, Professor Lawrence Young discusses the current interest in Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) vaccines for combatting multiple sclerosis and his thoughts on the future direction of EBV research.
Visualization of the SARS-CoV-2 virus showing spike proteins on the surface of the virus
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High Levels of Carbon Dioxide Increase Virus Survival and Transmission

Scientists have discovered higher levels of carbon dioxide increase the survival of viruses in the air. These findings could serve as a scientific basis for designing mitigation strategies to reduce viral transmission in future pandemics.
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