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”.

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! ”How many times have you heard it? 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”, that is, not detectable and therefore not transmissible. After 40 years since the first case of HIV infection (Human Immunodeficiency Virus, causative agent of AIDS) it has come to this, apparently simple, conclusion: if the replication cycle of the HIV virus is blocked, it does not multiply, it does not circulate and consequently cannot infect new cells and new subjects. In 2014 a first study called PARTNER1 had already clearly demonstrated the thesis of "U = U" but mainly concerned heterosexual couples. 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? What is your playlist when you go for a run? You know what the effects of music are on your brain and your performance? Music is made of rhythm, harmony, time and content which are also the basic elements of physical movements. So a link between these was inevitable and a new branch of research called "neuromusicologia". In 2007, l'US Track & Field, the national body for distance racing, has banned the use of headphones and portable audio players in its official competitions, "to ensure safety and prevent runners [...]

The rules of science and the game of vaccines

2021-07-15T20:02:37+02:004 January 2019|Categories: Medicine and Research|Tags: , , |

Vaccines are not safe al 100%, science says so. He says it serenely because, Luckily, no scientist would dare to say that something is sure to 100%. Thanks to scientific progress, however, we can be ambitious and aim for maximum safety and effectiveness. Unfortunately, however, when you say a vaccine is safe 98%, it looks like that 2% after all it is the scariest thing in the world. It is important to clarify; rowing against technological development cannot do any society good. It sounds clear and simple, but apparently it is not so shared. In the last few years [...]

Less sweets and more wine: the secret of youth?

2021-07-15T20:08:15+02:0022 December 2018|Categories: Food and Health|Tags: , , , |

It's really good to eat less? In 2004 four men and four women volunteered for the BIOSPHERE project 2: a closed structure, designed to contain a complex and self-sufficient ecosystem, with a savannah, a coral reef and a tropical forest, to study and plan a future space colonization. They therefore agreed to remain closed in a system with no communication with the outside, without the possibility of being able to communicate with each other and having to survive only on the food they can get for themselves. BIOSFERA2 did not give the expected results and was stopped sooner than expected; but the data collected [...]

Embankment collapses caused by animal excavation activities

2019-06-27T19:07:15+02:0031 January 2014|Categories: No Category|Tags: , , |

In 1998, the Province of Modena has promoted an initiative to inform the population about the damage caused by otters. This has received from the beginning the adhesion of the Reclamation Consortia, especially concerned about the stability of the embankments and the wildlife service, also interested in the possibility of being able to improve the prevention of damage to the arable and woody crops spread on the Modenese farms. […]

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