Paolo Rossi Castelli

Journalist since 1983, Paolo has been dealing with scientific divulgation for years, especially in the fields of medicine and biology. He is the creator of Sportello Cancro, the site created by on oncology in collaboration with the Umberto Veronesi Foundation. He collaborated with the pages of the Science of Corriere della Sera for several years. He is the founder and director of PRC-Comunicare la scienza.

Blog Post by Paolo Rossi Castelli

Paolo Rossi Castelli 13 May 2021 7 min

US honey shows traces of 1950s nuclear arms tests

Radioactive substances left in the atmosphere by atomic experiments aren’t hazardous, but they are still there seven decades later.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 6 May 2021 7 min

The Covid Effect: silence returns to the ocean’s depths

The drastic drop in maritime traffic has led to a considerable reduction of noise in the oceans. 2020 has been declared “Year of the Quiet Ocean”.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 29 April 2021 6 min

Mapping the viruses that can make the “jump”

A new archive catalogues infective microorganisms typically found in wild fauna and which seem capable of passing to other species, including man.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 22 April 2021 7 min

Space bacteria for astronaut “farmers”

Three unknown strains have been identified on the International Space Station orbiting Earth.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 8 April 2021 5 min

New vaccine against “difficult” brain tumours

For the first time, a vaccine targeting one of the most difficult forms of brain cancer to treat namely diffuse glioma, has proven to be effective and safe
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 1 April 2021 5 min

New artificial valves that grow with the heart

Experiments conducted at the University of Minnesota, could help children with congenital defects
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 25 March 2021 7 min

Is it possible to vaccinate 80 million people in 3 months? Yes, it is

Vaccinating 80 million people in just three months, i.e. administering the vaccine to the entire population of Italy, Switzerland and Austria
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 18 March 2021 6 min

The placebo effect? Real, strong and still mysterious

The power of autosuggestion can be very strong, but the details of the brain mechanisms that lead to these results had never been revealed.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 11 March 2021 5 min

Women at a disadvantage in US research laboratories

Female researchers are still underrepresented in key roles compared to their male colleagues.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 4 March 2021 5 min

140,000 different types of viruses in our gut

Surprising study published in the journal Cell. Many of these viruses infect gut bacteria.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 25 February 2021 6 min

Cells are good at using “collective intelligence”

Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute in London have uncovered the way that cells “decide” together how to build new blood vessels.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 18 February 2021 6 min

Can a virus slow down pancreatic cancer?

British and Chinese researchers have genetically modified the Vaccinia virus, making it capable of infecting and destroying cancer cells.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 11 February 2021 5 min

Covid – schizophrenia is a high-risk factor

According to a study, people with this disease are three times more likely to die from Covid than the average person
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 4 February 2021 13 min

Breast cancer – androgens to boost therapies

Male hormones, used many years ago and then abandoned (due to their excessive side effects), are now being used once again
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 28 January 2021 18 min

“Heating” chemoteraphy to make it more effective

The chemotherapy of the future could be administered through nanometre particles and heated by magnetic fields.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 21 January 2021 5 min

Surprise: the Covid pandemic has got rid of the flu

Of the many things brought by Covid-19, there is one that has left researchers baffled: the disappearance of the classic flu, or almost.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 27 December 2020 8 min

Magnetic bacteria for super-precise anti-cancer treatments

A team from ETH Zurich is studying a new way, with an added element of science fiction, to make anti-cancer drugs reach the right point inside the body of ...
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 17 December 2020 4 min

Intestinal bacteria shapes the immune system | IBSA Foundation

There is a very close link between our immune system and intestinal microbiota (i.e. all the "good" bacteria that live in our intestines)
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