Giacomo is a budding molecular biologist who has developed his interest for Science during… his classical studies! The study of literature, art, greek and latin culture made him trust in the beauty of truth and he is convinced that Science has the most powerful means to seek it. But he thinks that this is not enough: it is essential to communicate Science and true information properly and make it accessible to everyone, giving everybody the possibility to be engaged in a meaningful debate. Giacomo joined TheScienceBreaker fascinated by the perspective of dealing with the work of other colleagues as well as of being regularly updated with scientific discoveries. His motto: “Science for knowledge”.
Giacomo is the editor of 14 Breaks:
The 1000-year-old mystery of a medieval blue solved!
To understand why color is fading in precious artworks, the reproduction of ancient colors is a vital ingredient. This know-how was lost at the turn of the 20th century with the rise of industrially-produced synthetic dyes. Retrieving this "lost knowledge" enabled us to solve the mystery of the medieval blue named folium whose molecular structure remained elusive until now.Mar 3, 2021 | 3 min read
Study gets the buzz on stingless bee honey
Stingless bee honey contains high levels of a rare special sugar called trehalulose, not normally found in in any other food. For the first time, this low glycemic index sugar has been identified as a major component in honeys from five different stingless bee species. The abundance of trehalulose is tangible evidence supporting traditional health claims attributed to stingless bee honey.Jan 18, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Heart failure: unexpected role of stem cell treatments
Nowadays stem cell therapies are being explored in the field of regenerative medicine in order to promote the recovery of injured tissues. For example, if a patient has heart disease, the stem cells would be injected to repair the heart. We recapitulated this therapeutic approach injecting stem cells in mice to specifically reveal how stem cell treatment of heart failure works.Oct 5, 2020 | 3 min read
Powering up the emergency response to infections
All blood cells are made in the bone marrow with an estimated production of 1 million white cells per second. In response to infection white cell production increases threefold. Such a production requires energy provided by mitochondria. Our study reveals how blood stem cells acquire mitochondria from support cells, without which our immune system would not function.Jun 4, 2020 | 3 min read
Gut microbes transform the food and the drugs we ingest
We developed and tested a tool that can help researchers understand the role of gut microbes in the production of small molecules that play both helpful and harmful roles in shaping human biology.Jan 30, 2020 | 3.5 min read
The 10,000-year evolution of pasta food revealed by its DNA
We have learned how the wheat crop has changed through time, thousands of years back to when it was a wild grass. Equipped with this new knowledge, wheat breeders are now able to identify genes useful for durum improvement and accelerate the development of new wheat cultivars with improved yields and health properties.Oct 18, 2019 | 3 min read