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Dr. Carlos Javier Rivera-Rivera

About Carlos Javier

Carlos has been in love with Nature ever since he can remember. He spent many days camping, snorkeling and otherwise exploring the tropical forests and seas of his native Puerto Rico. Adding passion to his love affair, he is now studying molecular phylogenetics, trying to uncover the intricate evolutionary processes that have shaped our DNA sequences. Knowing that communication is essential for any good romance, Carlos believes that the best way to communicate his love for Nature is by making the amazing world of research accessible to all.

Carlos Javier is the editor of 35 Breaks:

Finding Dracula’s silver bullet: the fight against a bloodthirsty fungus

That’s correct, the darkness loving, light fearing, blood sucking prince of darkness, Count Dracula was a fungus. In our recent research, we describe that just like Dracula, the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus “wants your blood”.

Jan 16, 2019 | 3.5 min read
Keeping CRISPR under control: how bacteria fight viruses without harming themselves

Bacteria are in a constant struggle with the viruses that infect them. While we often think of bacteria as agents of infection, bacteria are in turn infected by viruses, called phage. The phage that infect bacteria and archaea are the most abundant class of organism on earth, with an estimated 10 phage for every bacterial cell.

Jan 14, 2019 | 4 min read
A new way to go gray

Anecdotally, there are lots of ways to go gray, but one that’s really true has to do with how pigment cells in the hair deal with viral infection. In response to a virus, some of us may be better than others at keeping our colorful locks.

Nov 23, 2018 | 3.5 min read
Innate immune memory – microglia as key players

Our study shows that the brain and its resident immune cells can acquire an immunological memory enabling the cells to either enhance or suppress their immunological response to neurological diseases, which in turn modifies disease severity. This indicates that immune memory in the brain is a previously unrecognized risk-factor for brain diseases.

Nov 19, 2018 | 4 min read
High performance silks deployed by web building wolf spiders

Wolf spiders that build webs produce silks that perform differently than those that do not build webs, supporting hypotheses that web building and silk performance co-evolved in spiders.

Nov 12, 2018 | 4 min read
New and Improved! A supercharged antibiotic to fight superbugs

New antibiotics are needed to treat infections caused by bacteria that can no longer be killed by current drugs. We have improved an existing antibiotic by chemically adding on extra pieces that make it bind more strongly to bacteria.

Nov 9, 2018 | 4.5 min read