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Sree Rama Chaitanya

Molecular Biology

Instituto de Medicina Molecular

I am a scientist: a cell and molecular biologist. My Ph.D. thesis examiner, Dr. Lars Jansen asked the last question. “You see… in the end, we get money for research from layman, the taxpayers. So, how would you explain your research to them? or to your family members?” I stumbled… but I managed! This nudged me to science writing and communication. I guess, better late than never. I believe a scientist has three major responsibilities: research, teaching, and service. To disseminate complex scientific data to a teach, learn, and serve.

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Tardigrades glow bright to survive blasts of UV radiation

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A fluorescent coat protects some species of tardigrade from lethal doses of UV radiation

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The oceans contain vast mineral resources. Can the deep sea be mined without catastrophic results?

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Mining agencies promise to minimize harm to ocean ecosystems. Scientists say we can't predict its full extent — or how to reverse it

Ashley Marranzino

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Reintroducing sea otters is good for the environment and the economy, and both matter

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More sea otters are detrimental to fisheries income, but economic gains in other sectors outweigh these losses

Matthew Vandermeulen

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Whale sharks' huge bodies mean they've never really been cold-blooded

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Studying these enormous animals requires close collaboration between scientists and aquariums

Brittney G. Borowiec

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Scientists unmask a virus that mimicked human RNA and hit on a potential vaccine

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Human metapneumovirus is a molecular mimic, sneaking past immune systems to cause cold symptoms

Ankita Arora

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Widespread PFAS chemical pollution will likely make COVID-19 worse

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These common household and industrial chemicals impair immune system function

Anna Robuck

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5400 kilometers of vaporized ice: scientists have unearthed the mystery of the planet's oldest known crater

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The Yarrabubba impact likely sent Earth's climate straight from the icehouse into the greenhouse

Julie Hollis

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Fights are good for science. Just ask Elizabeth Nolan or Louis Pasteur

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Disagreements over Nolan's findings on slowing down bacteria are just part of a healthy scientific process

Lauren Gandy

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