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 14 October 2021 5 min

A surprising fact: fires ‘fertilise’ oceans

An international team studied the effects of Australia’s bushfires. Ash released into the air by burning trees becomes food for phytoplankton on the sea.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 7 October 2021 8 min

New DNA-based Covid vaccines

An Indian pharmaceutical company has been given the go-ahead to market a COVID DNA vaccine, which may pave the way for an entirely new category of vaccines
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 30 September 2021 9 min

Arthrosis, cells from the nose to treat knees

A successful experiment at Basel hospital on two young patients with a serious form of arthrosis. Cells from the nasal septum were implanted in the knee.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 23 September 2021 7 min

Immunotherapy: testing to see if it works in advance

Some patients gain no benefit from cancer therapies, for reasons as yet unknown. US researchers have identified a marker to avoid unnecessary treatments.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 9 September 2021 7 min

Personalised oncological treatment with a special ‘sandwich’

A new device allows simulation of the effect of oncological treatment for various types of cancers and selection of the most effective for each patient.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 2 September 2021 5 min

Can intestinal bacteria help in the fight against tumours?

The substances produced by some types of microorganisms present in the intestine (microbiota) might improve the effect of oncological immunotherapy.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 29 July 2021 6 min

A means of ending Covid with defective copies of the virus?

When duplicated, viruses also create flawed copies of their genetic code. Once modified, these copies might actually be used as a treatment against Covid.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 22 July 2021 8 min

How an altered gene triggers Motor Neurone Disease (ALS)

A team of researchers has shed light on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, an illness which gradually paralyses muscles and currently has no effective cure.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 15 July 2021 6 min

A new strategy for tumours: “suffocation”

The HIF-1α gene helps melanoma and other forms of cancer to develop when there is very little oxygen. If deactivated, the tumour cells cannot survive.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 8 July 2021 6 min

Genetic “bullets” against cystic fibrosis

An experimental treatment is being analysed. Small molecules called oligonucleotides appear capable of repairing some of the damage caused by the illness.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 1 July 2021 7 min

New drug blocks the HIV virus in advance

Tests in the United States with a monoclonal antibody that ‘inhibits’ the protein used by the virus to enter cells.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 24 June 2021 7 min

Hope for blindness from a seaweed protein

Its name is opsin. When put into the eye of a patient with retinitis pigmentosa, it enabled recovery of the sight of the shape of some articles.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 17 June 2021 7 min

Stories reduce pain - here’s the proof

A research clearly shows the effects of ‘storytelling’ on a group of children in the Intensive Care Unit of a Brazilian hospital.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 11 June 2021 6 min

Anti-cancer cures using Covid vaccine techniques

Swiss researchers have inserted instructions into a virus to reach the tumour and prompt it to generate a molecule which in turn eradicates the tumour.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 3 June 2021 8 min

Florida, a genetic battle with the mosquito (not without controversy)

Experiments (genes alteration) against Aedes aegypti , responsible for transmitting diseases such as Zika and Dengue, are underway.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 27 May 2021 6 min

Two DNA “switches” extend life (a great deal)

Researchers have mapped the genetic code of people aged over 105, in search of the secrets of a very long life.
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Paolo Rossi Castelli 20 May 2021 6 min

At last, an effective vaccine against malaria

Published the preliminary results for a new drug against malaria that showed 77% of vaccinated children were immune.
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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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