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Ruairi J Mackenzie

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Ruairi started with Technology Networks in January 2018 after completing an undergraduate degree in neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh and a master’s degree in clinical neuroscience from the University of Cambridge. As senior science writer, Ruairi covers a range of scientific news and articles, with a focus on the complexities and curiosities of the brain. Ruairi also looks after search engine optimization (SEO) efforts on Technology Networks and created the site’s podcast, Opinionated Science, in 2020.

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Stimulation Technique Restores Critical Brain Function to Spinal Cord Injury Patients
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Stimulation Technique Restores Critical Brain Function to Spinal Cord Injury Patients

A targeted stimulation technique that was previously shown to restore movement to spinal cord injury (SCI) patients has now demonstrated an additional benefit – stabilising often-deadly alterations to blood pressure that occur after an SCI.
Genetic Energy Boost Reverses Cellular Effects of Motor Neuron Disease
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Genetic Energy Boost Reverses Cellular Effects of Motor Neuron Disease

A study examining the damage caused to nerve cells by motor neuron disease (MND) has shown that by targeting these cells’ energy centers, called mitochondria, neuronal function can be restored.
Opinionated Science Episode 19: Next-Generation Sequencing Takes Over the World
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Opinionated Science Episode 19: Next-Generation Sequencing Takes Over the World

In this episode, the team discuss the omnipresent technology of next-generation sequencing (NGS), which has seen the cost of sequencing a human genome go from $100 million to under $1000 in just two decades. We hear from the European Bioinformatics Institute’s Dr Alex Almeida, who uses NGS techniques to examine the human microbiome. We also investigate the future of NGS and ask, what will happen when we have sequenced absolutely everything?
These Are the Brain Cells Most Vulnerable to Alzheimer’s Disease
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These Are the Brain Cells Most Vulnerable to Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers have identified a molecular signature that links together different cell populations in the brain that are selectively vulnerable to the neurodegenerative condition Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
New Clinical Trial Explores Safety of DMT for Substance Use Disorders
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New Clinical Trial Explores Safety of DMT for Substance Use Disorders

Substance use disorders have a debilitating impact on the wellbeing of individuals and their families. Like many other mental health disorders, these conditions have proved stubbornly resistant to treatment. New clinical trials are exploring the safety of the psychedelic DMT for the treatment of these disorders.
COVID-19 and the Brain: Study Finds Inflammation and Vessel Damage, But No Infection
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COVID-19 and the Brain: Study Finds Inflammation and Vessel Damage, But No Infection

The neurological and psychiatric symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection have been well-documented, including loss of smell and taste, delirium and fatigue. A new study looking in detail at the brains of those who have died after infection has identified signs of damage but no obvious signs of viral spread.
Imaging Techniques in Neuroscience
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Imaging Techniques in Neuroscience

In this infographic, we review the pros and cons of some of the leading neuroimaging techniques and show off what these techniques can tell us about the brain.

DNA vs. RNA – 5 Key Differences and Comparison
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DNA vs. RNA – 5 Key Differences and Comparison

DNA and RNA are the two most important molecules in cell biology, but what are the key differences between them?
How Can Data Platforms Unlock the Power of Single-Cell Analysis?
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How Can Data Platforms Unlock the Power of Single-Cell Analysis?

Single-cell technologies have positioned themselves at the forefront of biomedical research. But the value of these systems risks being impaired by bottlenecks in data analysis and handling. To find out more, we spoke to Marilyn Matz, CEO and co-founder of Paradigm4.
Insight: How Algorithms Are Revolutionizing Liquid Chromatography With Dr Bob Pirok
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Insight: How Algorithms Are Revolutionizing Liquid Chromatography With Dr Bob Pirok

Liquid chromatography (LC) is an essential technique is many analytical labs. Dr Bob Pirok and his team use informatics techniques to make LC more automated and pain-free. Technology Networks recently spoke to Pirok to find out more about his innovative algorithms.
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