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Paolo Rossi Castelli 21 October 2021 5 min

In the wake of COVID, a Hepatitis C vaccine is on the horizon

An American team has discovered how the hepatitis virus enters the liver: it resembles the approach used by COVID-19. Now a vaccine is possible.
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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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