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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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Published Content
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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

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.
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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.
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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.
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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)

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.
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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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Phage Therapies for Multidrug-Resistant Infections Should Consider Host Response

Research has found that therapeutic phages can be detected by epithelial cells of the human respiratory tract and elicit an immune response. These findings suggest that human–host interactions should be a key factor when designing phage therapies.
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Could a Novel RNA-Based Vaccine Strategy Stop Endless Boosters?

A novel vaccination strategy utilizing small interfering RNA molecules could protect infants from COVID-19 and flu with a single shot. The study suggests that the vaccine strategy could offer continued protection even if the virus mutates.
Enhanced scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image of cancer malignant cells with high magnification of the cells surface

Cancer Cells’ Shapeshifting Ability Reveals New Drug Targets

Using a novel imaging technique to view cells in 3D, researchers have been able to identify two genes that control how melanoma skin cancer cells change shape – offering potential drug targets to prevent the cancer from spreading.