About Irene Feliciotti

A biologist, with a Master's Degree in Biology, specialized in neurobiology, she continued her career as a scientist abroad, with an internship in neurogenetics at the University of St Andrews, and now a PhD in structural biology from the University of Reading. So now he lives in the UK, and is interested in neuroscience, biomedicine, structural biology, probiotics and microbiome; but also of all the other aspects of science and how this is always part of our daily life. He has been collaborating with Minerva since November 2018 but he has always taken part in scientific dissemination events, come “Low cost Science” e “Pint of Science”.

A glass of water, Thank you!

2021-12-08T13:03:58+01:0023 September 2021|Categories: Curiosity|Tags: , , , , |

When you go to the restaurant and ask for a glass of water, it's okay if they give you tap water or ask for bottled water? Many people still don't trust drinking tap water and prefer bottled water; ISTAT reports that in the 2019 the 29% of Italians follow this trend, with higher numbers in Sardinia (59,9%) and Sicily (53,1%), while Umbria is in the lead for the consimo of bottled water. What is it we don't like about tap water? The water we drink, whether it is bottled or not, comes from superficial sources, come [...]

How- DNA does -not- change

2021-08-03T10:16:51+02:003 August 2021|Categories: Medicine and Research|Tags: , , , |

With the problem of RNA vaccines, fear of changes in our DNA has also risen. What are we really talking about? There is this risk? Let's try to explain it. The structure of DNA is a relatively young discovery, which has less than 70 years. Editing - modification- genica has even fewer years of history behind it, so much so that the most advanced technique that is known won the Nobel only last year. So we can say that the unscientific community, who is not so familiar with these hi-tech stuff, he didn't have much time to understand concepts like genetics, the [...]

Celiac disease or problems with fructose?

2021-07-17T15:29:04+02:0014 July 2021|Categories: Food and Health|Tags: , , |

People suffering from celiac disease are about 1% of the population, but until 12% reports having the same symptoms when eating bread, pasta, pizza and products derived from wheat: hence intestinal disorders, difficulty digesting, physical weakness e, in some cases, skin rashes. In these cases, following a gluten-free diet does not solve the problem. Apparently, the enemy for these people is not a protein, like gluten, but the fruit, un carboidrato. Fructan is a food that is part of the FODMAPs, short chain carbohydrates, which are not easily digested and ferment in our intestines, [...]

Craving for dessert?

2021-06-20T16:56:24+02:0020 June 2021|Categories: Food and Health|Tags: , , , , , , , |

How many times after lunch, even if you ate a whole plate of pasta, feel that hole in your stomach, precise for a piece of cake, or a little chocolate? And how many times, with all the good intentions of following a decent diet, try to deceive yourself by eating some fruit? And how many times then, after fruit, give in and also eat any chocolate, finger, candy you are standing in front of? Eh, I'm sorry, but the brain is not deceived! Rather, better: the intestine is not deceived! In fact, you need to know there are special cells in our intestines that can tell you the difference [...]

Serological tests and swabs: when and why to do them

2021-06-19T16:59:41+02:008 January 2021|Categories: Medicine and Research|Tags: , , , |

The pandemic has just begun, we all had heard of tests and swabs before: What are? What are they for? How many must be made, Why? What are false positives? A few months later, we started talking mainly about serological tests, sampling, antibodies and vaccine. A very common mistake has been to confuse the two types of tests: the swab and the serological. But these two procedures are very different from each other and must be done for different purposes, vediamo perché. First of all, when we talk about serological tests we have to talk about antibodies. Antibodies are "Y" shaped proteins, produced by cells [...]

The Chetogenic Diet: new discoveries, Risks and Benefits of the Low-Carb Diet

2021-07-14T13:16:11+02:0017 September 2019|Categories: Food and Health|Tags: , , , , |

“I don't eat carbohydrates, make you fat! ” Quante volte l'avete sentito? Indeed, it would not be a completely wrong choice, but this goes beyond the flat stomach and the six-pack. The low-carbohydrate diet in fact has several positive effects on our body and several studies highlight them, but as in all diets, there are pros and cons and you need to know how they work. The chetogenic diet, which is now also in fashion, it goes slightly beyond the reduced consumption of carbohydrates. let's talk about! Since 1920 it was thought that a low-carbohydrate diet could [...]

Partner: new studies on HIV transmissibility

2021-03-14T13:10:13+01:0011 May 2019|Categories: Medicine and Research|

In Carolina C. “Undectable equals untransmittable, U = U”, ovvero non rilevabile quindi non trasmissibile. After 40 years since the first case of HIV infection (Human Immunodeficiency Virus, causative agent of AIDS) si è giunti a questa, apparently simple, conclusion: se il ciclo replicativo del virus dell’HIV viene bloccato questo non si moltiplica, it does not circulate and consequently cannot infect new cells and new subjects. In 2014 un primo studio denominato PARTNER1 aveva già chiaramente dimostrato la tesi della “U=U” ma riguardava prevalentemente coppie eterosessuali. The follow-up to this study was recently published in the Lancet journal, PARTNER2, in which [...]

Music as doping

2021-03-14T13:12:22+01:0028 March 2019|Categories: Curiosity|Tags: , |

What music do you listen to in the gym? Qual è la tua playlist quando vai a correre? Sai quali sono gli effetti della musica sul tuo cervello e le tue prestazioni? La musica è fatta di ritmo, armonia, tempo e contenuto che sono anche gli elementi alla base dei movimenti fisici. Quindi un legame tra questi era inevitabile e se ne occupa una nuova branca della ricerca chiamata "neuromusicologia". In 2007, l'US Track & Field, l'ente nazionale per le corse a distanza, ha vietato l'uso di cuffie e lettori audio portatili nelle sue gare ufficiali, "per garantire la sicurezza e impedire ai corridori [...]

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